I doubt said prohibition will be lifted, as there's probably more money to be made in keeping these drugs illegal. Too many palms are being greased in this industry, on the Mexican and US sides.Of course Mexico's drug violence results from "prohibition" in the USA and Europe. Decriminalization followed by massive efforts at education and treatment would address the problem and remove the profits for narcotraffickers...
linkThis is the reason the war on drugs will not be won...
There's too much money to be made in feeding people's voracious appetites for recreational pharmaceuticals.
That's one of several pictures, from a raid in Mexico City, which netted over 200 million US$, almost two years ago...
You have quite an imagination, too bad its put to such drastic waste.Very interesting.
When living in the country, I have always had the impression that the whole thing was ruled by the few big families (Vicini Brugal etc) who basically put into power whoever they picked by paying for their campaigns and so forth.
To me, it looked like the philosophy of those families was to have an old style country, a kind of "survival of the fittest" environment, with salary levels one inch above starvation, zero human rights, police acting as judge and executioner and so forth.
The only "right of citizenship" would be be granted by adherence to strict Catholic customs.
But capitalism caught them off guard, albeit indirectly, through money spent by US citizens on drugs, the advent of the internet etc.
Question: which option will the controlling families of the country will pick for the future, #1 or #2?
1. live in gated communities and spend a lot of time in Miami while the country turns into something akin to Mexico
2. opt for social justice at last, letting some redistribution of wealth happen so that people do not HAVE TO turn to drug trafficking and other crime for sheer survival.
I think both options are equally likely.
On the one hand, those families have resisted the Spanish, the Haitians, Communism, an American invasion, so they might just let the rest of the people marinate in a few decades of hell (think Trujillo) and wait for this tide to recede.
But it is also true that the Dominican elite is cultivated, well read and travelled. They might just decide it's time for a change.
Because if they don't, there are powerful Colombian mafiosos that might notice that DR is a lovely place, at which point the only option for the ancient Dominican elite might be to pack up and move to Miami, while the mafiosos sit in their villas and mansions in Cap Cana.
My 2 cents.
Fair enough. I am no sociologist or politician either, just a layman, or maybe I can be qualified as an "Internet expert" or "bulletin board expert". :cheeky:You have quite an imagination, too bad its put to such drastic waste.
BTW, Dominican politicians and top business people don't make decisions based on what is printed in magazines and pamphlets or on some internet board. Their decisions are based on studies and investigations done by renowned institutions in the respective subject matter desired. They don't throw darts at a board.
100% correct!!!! There is no such thing as a functional crack or heroin addict!!!!!!Obviously - there are plenty of people who use cocaine in the world at large who are functional, who can control their use, who do not become craven addicts. BUT I have never heard this about CRACK. CRACK addicts in a matter of a few tries. It is the drug which will make the user completely insane - only thinking about the next dose.