20190926_040839325.pdf - killed in the line of duty fighting the drug menace Some were killed while investigating drug traffickers others on operations

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killed in the line of duty fighting the drug menace. Some were killed while investigating drug traffickers, others on operations in other countries. In one instance, about eight people were killed when the building they were in collapsed due to poor structural integrity. Without disrespecting the memory of the deceased, packaging these people in as brave warriors in the war on drugs seems slightly disingenuous when one considers it was the poor condition of the DEA’s own office building that led to their demise. When you’re finished reviewing drug war history you have the opportunity to ‘exit through the gift shop’ where you can buy DEA lanyards, mugs or even a pin commemorating the th 40 anniversary of the war on drugs (since Nixon’s war, at any rate). What was striking visiting the museum was that the drug war épistèmés seemed to be all presented alongside each other in a form of celebration. Drug war propaganda was on display, the history of efforts of quelling the drug menace unfolded across the walls and in the exhibits and the items that one could buy celebrated the efforts of the DEA and explained exactly why the drug war has been allowed to continue and why it likely won’t be easily dismantled: it’s still presented largely as a cause celebre in America’s culture. As long as you can still go and buy a 150 pin celebrating 40 years of it and see the valour and sacrifice of these brave agents spoon-fed to you like every other drug panic and war propaganda film – the war will rage on. Foucault provides a valuable means to critique and dismantle this drug war by allowing a critical means to explore it in its historical context – to see the attitudes and ideas as products of their time but also to account for their impact on today’s age as well. Finally, understanding how this war functions as, above all, a race war wherein the addict is cast as an abject enemy other in a fallacious war on a noun – we can understand the drug war – even if we can’t say with any certainty when things are going to change – many are now taking the first step in desubjugating the knowledge about the war and its racist, classist themes and critically panning its efficacy.
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