Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Compare and contrast

The war on some people who use some drugs, which has resulted in the United States having about 1.6 million people in prison at any one time, mostly for non-violent drug offenses, and mostly Black and Latino, even though white people use drugs at the same or higher rates. That's the highest rate of incarceration in the world, destroying lives and families over victimless crimes. (BTW, it's perfectly legal to drink yourself to death.) But countries which have decriminalized drug possession have lower rates of drug use. I could go on with the social harms but follow the link.

On the other hand, people who authorized, designed, and carried out grotesque and brutal torture are walking around wealthy and free, and we're having a polite debate about whether or not it was a good idea.

Just sick.

1 comment:

Don Quixote said...

Power on, Cervantes.