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1 Week 04 Day 11 100205 For today: Bertram: Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs Schwalbe: The Reproduction of Inequality Goals for the Day For Monday Goldberg: Taking Sides Drugs 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 Bertram–Three Fatal Flaws 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.
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2 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 Bertram–Three Fatal Flaws 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 – driving up prices and driving down supplies Bertram–Three Fatal Flaws Core issue is interpreted to be a crime problem when it is a market problem – supply and demand, low cost high return Issues: prohibition creates a black market and efforts to suppress it have failed and have not been able to increase price enough to significantly deter purchase Drug trade provides jobs and income to local and national economies–mak ing drug trafficking a rational choice. Detection is difficult and traffickers can afford to pay Bertram–Three Fatal Flaws large sums to smugglers or lose the majority of their product. The Interception rate is small and impact on street price is negligible. A collusive crime–both buyers and sellers have
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3 Supply side Flaws: Profit Paradox and Hydra Effect: Profit Paradox: higher prices just increase profit incentive (which actually increases traffic) Bertram–Three Fatal Flaws Hydra Effect: low skill and financial requirements mean easy entry and quick replacement The War Against Users: Public rhetoric presents ‘demand side’ of war as relatively benign implying discouragement through prevention and treatment but punitive policy is the primary method. Punish
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