The perpetual war on drugs not only is not being won, it is not designed to be won. The police, private prisons and the whole prison-industrial-drug complex benefit too much from it continuing. The drug war is "Our Children's Children's War" because unless we chose differently it will still be raging far in the future.

  • War Is Peace
  • Freedom Is Slavery
  • Ignorance Is Strength

(Newspeak slogans from George Orwell's 1984)


Appearing  on The Daily Show, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki explained how the “failed” war on drugs was fueled by corporate-interests. “It has to do with business,” he told Jon Stewart. “This country is finding, everywhere we look, we are seeing places where the extraordinary power of corporations in this country, and the unholy alliance they have with those in Congress, is destroying everything… There are private prisons all over this country that rely for their own survival on the incarceration of our fellow human beings.”

But Jarecki said even public detention facilities were part of the commercialization of prisons. “I went to prison-industrial trade shows where I saw people who literally make their entire life’s work out of selling you the better stun gun,” he explained. Jarecki’s latest documentary, The House I Live In, explores America’s war on drugs and the resulting mass incarceration. The United States imprisons more of its citizens than any country in the world, he noted.


“This has been such a disaster,” he said. “Forty-years, a trillion dollars spent, 45 million arrests, and yet drugs are cheaper, purer, more available today than ever before.”

Watch video, courtesy of Comedy Central, below:  (7 min.)  - towards the end gives example of Portugal that very successfully decriminalized drugs 10 yrs. ago and put money into treatment which is far cheaper than the criminal system approach