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Busted : Nation Books - Mike Gray


Nation Books

By: Mike Gray (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th November 2002
ISBN: 9781560254324
Number Of Pages: 350

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Thirty years ago Richard Nixon called drugs "the modern curse of youth" and launched the modern "War on Drugs" as we know it. Thirty years later, even the conservative National Review has said, "The War on Drugs has failed." Spanning three decades, Busted tells readers why, charting the violence, chaos, and corruption that the War on Drugs has spawned. It includes frontline reporting from all over the world, literary journalism, public records, and provocative commentary from the left and right. P. J. O'Rourke writes, "Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.... Prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could." And Christopher Hitchens has charged that the drug war involves "a demented overseas entanglement, with off-the-record U.S. military aircraft running shady missions over Colombia and Peru, and high-level collaboration with ruthless and unaccountable ‘Special Forces.' Colombia doesn't look any more like the U.S. as a result, but the U.S. does look a lot more like Colombia." From the crack dens of South Central L.A. to Iran Contra, from Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" to Plan Columbia, here is a collection of the most provocative, dissenting writing on the drug wars. Contributors include Gore Vidal, Alexander Cockburn, William Buckley Jr., Milton Friedman, Gary Webb, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, and a jailhouse interview with General Manuel Noriega by Oliver Stone.

Blow Backp. 3
A Talk with Manuel Noriegap. 17
Teachings of Don Fernando: A Life and Death in the Narcotics Tradep. 31
George Soro's Long Strange Trip: A Philanthropist Defies Drug War Orthodoxyp. 51
What Do We Do When the Drug War Stops?p. 63
BYO Heroinp. 67
World Leaders on Dope: Right Joins Left in Call for An End to the Drug Warp. 71
Mayor Rocky Anderson Talks about What It's Like to ... Drop the D.A.R.E. Programp. 77
Breaking out of the 12-Step Lockstepp. 81
Drug Abuse Treatment or Drug Treatment Abusep. 85
Re-engineering the Drug Businessp. 91
Workaday World, Crack Economy: Breaking Rocks in El Barriop. 109
America's Lonely Drug Warp. 121
America's Dirty War on Drugsp. 125
Why Dutch Drug Policy Threatens the U.S.p. 127
The Drug Wars: Voices from the Streetp. 137
This is Your Bill of Rightsp. 149
Smash-up Policing: When Law Enforcement Goes Militaryp. 155
Casualty in the War on Drugsp. 159
There's No Justice in the War on Drugs: Can Our Laws Be Moral if They Have So Racist an Effect?p. 169
Commonsense Drug Policyp. 173
My Problem With the War on Drugsp. 187
The War On Drugs Is Lostp. 197
The Politics of Ecstasyp. 213
A Mother's Advice about Drugsp. 217
The Myth of "Harmless" Marijuanap. 219
The Problem is Pot Prohibitionp. 223
Dope Fiends: A Tape transcriptp. 227
America's Altered States: When Does Legal Relief of Pain Become Illegal Pursuit of Pleasure?p. 233
The War on (Some) Drugsp. 257
No Relief in Sightp. 261
Whither Medical Marijuanap. 273
About the Contributorsp. 281
Resourcesp. 285
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ISBN: 9781560254324
ISBN-10: 1560254327
Series: Nation Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 8th November 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.42  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.46

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