The war on drugs is a war on human liberty

The 'War on Drugs' has always been a violation of Americans basic cognitive, individual, Constitutional and human rights. Its' intent, justifications, and enforcement have always been unjust and racist. Read more in this section about the history of this war against humanity and liberty, and the opposition to it.

Persecution of Native/Indigenous Cultural Practices, including peyote (1492-present)

The racist, political and anti-human roots of the U.S. 'Drug War' took hold in the 19th and early 20th century. Oppression and persecution of cultural and religious practices including sacramental peyote use and the 'Ghost Dance' culminated in the  massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. State sponsored oppression and genocide of indigenous people and culture remains constant and systemic throughout North and South America.

Alcohol prohibition (1920-1933)

Alcohol prohibition is sometimes seen as a misguided but well-intentioned failure at implementing a better health and social standard in the USA. Sympathetic historical assessments aside, the federal criminalization of basic cognitive and individual liberties of Americans, and the basis it established for the future mutations of the drug war into mass incarceration and dystopic police state can be traced directly to prohibition, and remain as its' tragic and destructive legacy.

Harry Anslinger and 'Reefer Madness' (1933-2000s)

It is almost impossible to overstate the evil inflicted on America and the world by the unrepentant liar and racist Harry Anslinger, or to fully quantify the devastating and continuing effects of the racist war on 'Marihuana' that he was largely and proudly (but certainly not solely) responsible for launching. His legacy tragically lives on.

Richard Nixon and The War On Drugs (1971-   )

Much like Anslinger, President Richard Nixon (a noted racist, homophobe and antisemite) saw the opportunity for political gain in the most infamous escalation of a war that had at this point been actively waged by the US Government for at least a century. As his aide John Erlichman now famously confessed; "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."  Nixon's 'War on Drugs' was intended to criminalize what he saw as his political enemies; Blacks -especially members of the civil rights movement, the anti- war 'Hippie' movement, and Leftists - who he associated with Jewish people. Like his predecessors and successors, many of the national, global and human affects of Richard Nixon's specific contributions to the war on humanity  remain to be defeated and repaired.

Ronald Reagan, Narco Wars, DARE and 'Just Say No'

With the brief, partial and moderate exception of Jimmy Carter, the intervening administrations largely continued Nixon's war and rhetoric. The advent of the age of Reagan however, lead to another pronounced escalation. 

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