Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, “Breaking the Taboo” is produced by Sam Branson’s indie Sundog Pictures and Brazilian co-production partner Spray Filmes and was directed by Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Fernando Grostein Andrade. Featuring interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years.

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5 Responses to “Losing the War on Drugs: Breaking the Taboo”

  1. Moss says:

    The ultimate Big Government unintended consequence. Vicious cycle since there will always be demand.

  2. moobycow says:

    It worked just fine for all the people it was supposed to the work for; government contractors, police departments, prisons and everyone who wanted to increase the power of the government to monitor and track citizens. It was one of the biggest policy to wins in history.

  3. jbegan says:

    What moobycow said…. Yep! No failure for all the prisons, prison guard lobbies, DEA, ICE, weapon sales, border fences and border guards….and lets not forget our CIA which has parlayed the drug war into several hundred offices in foreign countries as it used our “drug money financing” to topple governments and replace them with puppets at a mere cost of thousands dead in Mexico and other countries and thousands of US citizens incarcerated and now stigmatized over a (IMO) Constitutionally protected personal choice. We should have spent 1/10 as much rehabilitating people that wanted to go clean and saved the world a lot of heartache.

    BTW. I don’t do drugs although watching this type of waste is enough to make anyone start.

  4. CitizenWhy says:

    Since policy is “delivering the goods,” especially to key institutional and corporate “constituents,” this policy of the War on Drugs worked just as the insiders wanted it to work. And what better cover for covert operations to subvert foreign governments, or make them dependent on the USA? … P.S. Every war, even when lost on the battlefield, is a victory in the same way.

  5. rex2 says:

    This video touches lightly on the true cause of the problems of the drug war:

    Prohibition of drugs leads to massive profits for criminals.

    This creates the incentive for people at all parts of the production and delivery chain to engage in further drug production, promotion of use and distribution. As mentioned briefly, there is a multilevel marketing effect in drugs, where many users promote and sell in order to continue funding their own habit. The network expands, the value chain grows fat with profits and begins to take over governments with the influence of money and power (see: Mexico and Afghanistan and the U.S., where we now openly accept profits from drug prohibition-related businesses including for profit prisons and police forces to influence our politicians). Sectors fat with profits are self-perpetuating (see: monopolies including telecom and health care companies in the U.S.).

    The only way to break the cycle is to eliminate the source of profits being earned by criminals. I believe the only answer is for developed market countries to build their own drug businesses and sell the product at cost, or at small mark-up freely and without criminal penalties of any kind (though perhaps with personal counseling as was shown happens in Switzerland). This would gut profits from the criminal networks.

    None of the plans for allowing drug use I have seen proposed allow legal broad production of drugs in the U.S. This, and the maintenance of relatively low prices for the product, would absolutely wipe out the drug trade and turn all U.S.-based drug traffickers into honest citizens – because they would have to get real jobs in order to eat. Promotion and expansion of the multilevel drug network would end without profits. The cartels would shift their attention to other businesses and shrink along with their profits. A $1,000 bit of product in Columbia would no longer fetch > $100,000k in the U.S., it would command something like $1,250 and criminals would have to do something else – heaven forbid, something productive – in order to eke out an existence.

    Bottom line, profits in the drug production and distribution chain creates an industry that is self-perpetuating and hurts all involved. Low prices for drugs, full legalization, and most importantly government-controlled production that is offered to all at reasonable cost would make the U.S. and world a better place.