Politics, Economics, and the Law
Thanks to ‘The Agitator,’ I am now profoundly depressed.
The NYPD has shot and killed another unarmed young man during a drug bust.
And then there’s Matthew Stewart, the Utah man who found himself in a firefight with police paramilitaries when they raided his home looking for a marijuana growing operation. He killed one officer, and was shot himself. He has finally recovered enough to speak about it. It’s hard to even know where to begin. Why would police need a SWAT team to tackle a guy growing pot? Couldn’t they just cover the exits, knock, announce themselves and their intentions, and resolve the situation peacefully? Why is weed a big enough deal to warrant this?
Well now, boys and girls… they have to use the SWAT team because they have it, and it needs used for something. Never underestimate the power of sheer fun in deciding policy. And if you don’t break down some doors and shoot at folks now and again, that federal gravy train won’t stop by your door anymore. As for the weed itself, the “war on drugs” is a highly profitable venture. Prohibition ensures that prison operators can profit when people go to their prisons, pharmaceutical companies can produce expensive, patented medicines that emulate banned natural substances, and the companies that make police, military, and surveillance equipment keep their wallets padded. Also, the drug trade itself is kept profitable enough to be used to fund off-budget projects. Or were you unaware that the CIA moves drugs to finance pet projects?
It’s enough injustice and hypocrisy to choke a horse.