Race and Drugs 2

Greg Johnson of The Occidental Quarterly has an interesting piece on drug legalization from a white nationalist perspective. Read it here.

It really sinks in what a scam the War on Drugs really is when even the “fascists” see through it. I’ve seen similar comments in the past from such figures as Tom Metzger and Gary “stone homos to death” North.

The drug war is one of those issues that really demonstrates the insincerity of liberalism. Many people are inclined to think of drug prohibition as a conservative, law and order project rooted in the values of religious puritanism.  That is not really the case. Drug prohibition has its roots in the “progressive” era of American politics, as did alcohol prohibition, and liberals have often been the most vocal supporters of the drug war. Liberal politicians like the late Tip O’Neill and Joe Biden authored some of the most onerous drug war legislation of the 1980s, and liberal New Yorkers like Charlie Rangel and Charles Schumer have been staunch drug warriors.

The Left likes to pride itself on its defense of traditional outgroups: blacks, Jews, Catholics, immigrants, gays, feminists, transexuals, on down the line. Users of those drugs disapproved of by the cultural majority (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, etc. as opposed to alcohol, nicotine, prozac, and valium) certainly fall into this category. But for some odd reason drug users never really found their way into liberalism’s Pantheon of the Oppressed, the occasional left-libertarian, ACLU-type not withstanding.

Rarely does the Left raise this issue unless it can get some racial mileage out of it, e.g. by pointing out the racial disparity in drug arrests and rates of imprisonment. To be sure, there is no policy currently being pursued by the American regime that is more harmful to black Americans than the drug war. Yet, it is incorrect to understand the drug war in terms of race. First, there is the obvious feature that it is just as illegal for whites to use certain drugs as it is for the various racial minorities, and there are certainly plenty of whites in jail or prison today for drug “offenses.” Secondly, it makes no sense that in a society where open expressions of racism have become the ultimate sin that the drug war would be waged solely for the purpose of persecuting blacks.

A more reasonable explanation for the drug war is that as certain kinds of  traditional out-group hostilities have become less and less socially and politically acceptable, the state has had to intensify its attacks on other groups. This has been particularly true as the state has sought to radically expand its policing powers in recent decades. An interesting irony is that despite the Left’s persistent hysteria over “fascism” one of the policies currently being pursued by the American state that most closely resembles stereotypical fascism is one that the Left has been utterly useless in opposing. If the Left took its “anti-fascist” rhetoric seriously it would be shooting state agents dead in the streets and conducting liberatory raids on prisons. That’s how real revolutionaries do it.

Of course, the solution to the drug war, like the solution to most other social and political problems, is simple separatism. Divide the United States into a mosaic of the contemporary equivalent of “dry” and “wet” counties: West Amsterdam for the druggies, New Geneva for the prohibitionists.

2 comments

  1. IOZ suggests that some kinds of illegal drug use are more approved than others, largely based on the ethnic/class characteristics of their users:
    http://whoisioz.blogspot.com/2008/04/advice-with-ioz.html

    I also think Robin Hanson is relevant here. Although we pride ourselves in antiracism, we’re quicker to consider Africans perverts than to cast any aspersions towards those saints in white coats:
    http://www.overcomingbias.com/2010/02/africa-hiv-perverts-or-bad-med.html

    That’s because democracy shines at hypocrisy:
    http://www.overcomingbias.com/2010/04/democracy-promotes-hypocrisy.html

  2. “IOZ suggests that some kinds of illegal drug use are more approved than others, largely based on the ethnic/class characteristics of their users:
    http://whoisioz.blogspot.com/2008/04/advice-with-ioz.html

    Interesting, and probably quite true in some respects. However, I think class is probably a bigger issue than race in regards the ingrained prejudice against hard drugs like crack and meth; if it was solely the white underclass who used such substances, would it really make a hell of a lot of difference? I really doubt the college-educated whites the poster is talking about feel any more empathy with white trailer-trash than with black urban ghetto-dwellers.

    On a slight tangent, has mephedrone caused much of a stir in the US?

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