Gloomy About The Future Of Mexico...

by Scott ⌂, Mérida, Yucatán, Saturday, February 19, 2011, 18:23 (3903 days ago) @ michoacan

The bad guys can try and sell whatever they want, but if there were no demand, it wouldn't matter. I suggest that Mexico only apply equal force against suppliers that US Americans are willing to tolerate against consumers in the US. It is morally wrong for your country to fight, encourage and/or finance these proxy wars outside of your own borders when you are not willing to accept the same consequences of your policies at home.

If you want to quash the drug trade then you must apply equal sanctions on both the supply and demand sides of the equation. If you're not willing to unleash the US military in your own country, set up check points in your own country, have the military go around searching marginalized peoples homes door to door, and set aside civil and human rights concerns to go after the consumers with full force, then I think Mexico should say screw you, and not do it themselves either on the supply side. You're not going to beat the cartels by relaxing drug enforcement on the demand side (relaxing marijuana laws, relaxing prison terms for drug offences due to overcrowding and budget issues, etc) while attacking the supply side. It only makes it more profitable for the cartels as demand increases and supply decreases as all the small suppliers are taken out. The ruthless ones left standing make a fortune because of the artificially manipulated equilibrium price of the drugs where the quantity of drugs supplied isn't any lower than it was to begin with.

If you're not willing to do what it takes to quash demand in your own country, then legalize it. Trying to quash the drug trade abroad while not doing what it takes at home is immoral.

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