Reading and Lecture Notes - Bertram

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Bertram Bertram, et al. , “Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs,” article 30 in Charon Provides us with a fairly thorough argument as to why ideology and political objectives fail to solve social problems. Shows how inequality, politics and power help define both problem and solution. Shows how construction of the problem leads to construction of the solution. Shows how drug use is a social problem with social causes and social solutions Failure and the Pattern of Denial: The problem is not our lack of will or even the limits of our national pocketbook but, rather, our inability or unwillingness to see three fatal flaws at the heart of the drug war strategy Keep pursuing same policies thinking the next try, more funding or more force will somehow work Three Fatal Flaws: Supply: 1) Profit Paradox and 2) Hydra Effect Demand: 3) Punish to Deter Fallacy The War on Supply: Goal is to make drug industry more dangerous and costly
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