It’s Time for Silicon Valley To Finish Its Task of Interfering With the Racist Drug War
It Has Actually Been Racist From The Start and Bigotry Can not End Up Until It Does
By– Richard Cowan
Mark Zuckerberg, the Icarus of the Internet, is discussing his own employees about whether Facebook should be accountable for fixing the lies of particular high ranking political leaders. The response seems apparent, but are they actually prepared to choose which lies require their personal attention?
Icarus was reversed by attempting to fly expensive and to be above it all, however there is another Greek myth that is more ¨ down to Earth ¨ literally.
As I enjoy the seemingly inexhaustible gush of prohibitionist propaganda, I am advised of the Greek misconception about Hercules and the stables of King Augeas.
The term “Augean stables” means a huge mess, because King Augeas had a vast variety of cattle, which were herded into the stables every night, but no one cleaned up after them. (Governments constantly expect other people to do their grunt work.)
As a repercussion, the stables overruned with what the Greeks called “drug education.”
As in Hercules’ time, the government provides the fodder at one end, and the other end– the Greeks called it the “media”– produced the unavoidable item. It stank to high paradise, but it appeared impossible to do anything about it.
Most people said it was below their self-respect even to think about it, although not believing did not stop them from blogging about it. They stated that the only reason that it stank was since some people grumbled about the odor. You couldn’t smell it from the better neighborhoods, and besides, if everyone who lived near the stables would just stop breathing, it wouldn’t be an issue. Perhaps the king might send out in troops to put their knees on individuals’s throats, however that was rejected as bad PR.
As the story goes, Hercules was provided the job of cleaning up the stables, but he had to do it all in just one day. Plainly not even he might shovel that quick, and I understand just how he should have felt.
Being a superhero, Hercules managed the task, and the method he did it provides me hope. He diverted a couple of rivers to flow through the stables and flushed them out.
On the other hand back in the real world, what does this have to do with the war on us? What are the “rivers” that we can divert?
One idea in fact comes from the misconception. When King Augeas refused to pay Hercules, as he had actually guaranteed he would, the king’s kid told the truth, and was banished for doing so.
( He was sent out to a place the Greeks called “rehabilitation”, which he said advised him of his dad’s stables.)
Obviously, not all BS is mythical, nor is it localized. We have something more universal than the Greek rivers: the Internet. On the other hand back in the genuine world, the American people are getting fed up with the smell of the lies that are being informed to them– apparently to secure them.
For obvious reasons, the present crisis in the ” criminal justice system ¨is concentrated on race, but it should also be apparent that these issues are inextricably connected to what we call the Drug War. Second, the Drug War is a “tradition” of the world that Silicon Valley, aka the Web, has actually partially disrupted and now it must finish the job.
The Drug War, and Marijuana Restriction, (it’s a ¨ function, not a bug ¨ )are still supported by a huge propaganda project mislabeled as Drug Education. Just the Drug Czar ´ s office (Workplace of National Drug Control Policy) has a budget of $3791 million.
And how would we account for the $3.4 billion to pay for housing federal drug war detainees?
However the best economic expense of the Drug War would have to be counted in the damage done to the lives of its targets.
In the 2002 research study ” The Impact of Imprisonment on Wage Movement and Inequality,” scientist Bruce Western “discovered that incarceration can completely modify an individual’s life course, interfere with essential life transitions, and destroy access to steady employment.
According to Western’s research study, the loss of profits happens partly since wages increase at a slower rate following imprisonment.
And think what … Blacks are practically 4 times as most likely to be apprehended for cannabis as whites, despite the fact that marijuana usage rates are extremely similar. And the history of marijuana restriction is ridiculously racist.
Anybody who wants to speak about bigotry in America, and especially racism and the police, must face the Drug War and cannabis restriction or they are simply poseurs.
Anyone who talks about defunding the police and protecting minority neighborhoods without resolving the Drug War, beginning with cannabis restriction, is merely preventing the hard choices that need to be made. Silicon Valley is all about data so please simply take a look at the numbers. Equal Justice for All need to be equivalent for all, or it will not calculate.
It interfered with the old journalism and the old political order.
Speak, yell, scream, text, Tweet and email however make yourself heard. It is literally within your reaches.
What have you done for flexibility today?
– Richard Cowan is a previous NORML National Director and co-founder of Real Checked CBD. Find more stories from Richard Cowan