Which is the greater social evil? Drugs or plunder?
Let me pose an argument here. Whether I believe it or not is beside the point. The argument just puts the topic in play. What I really want to know is what you think.
It seems to me that drugs are in most cases a victimless crime. Much like alcohol. Why do we kill drug peddlers who are selling good times to people who can’t find them in a better way, yet we don’t shoot the manager of Robinson’s supermarket who is peddling alcohol to people who get drunk, climb into their car, and run over some little kid on the national highway?
The difference is the stigma. Alcohol is fun. Drugs ruin our society. They damage brains and create addictions and users become dangerous elements to society.
Interesting. ISIS troops feel pretty much the same way about Christians. Indeed, I’ll run a photo in Monday’s blog that shows ISIS troops getting ready to behead a group of Christians. The stigma is too much for them, those heathens, bending people’s brains and morals and ruining society. I mean, eating pig, after all . . .
Well, I can testify to for a fact that alcohol is dangerous, too. I was almost shot by a drunk here a while back. The guy is the neighbor’s brother. He had trouble with me being white, I guess. Or American. Or comparatively rich. He shot the dirt between us, not me, and the tanod, a brave guy, walked up to him and walked him back to the neighbor’s house. The police arrived about 6 hours later.
Yet, I’ve never had any problems with drugged people, or peddlers. They seem to operate in their own world.
I used to smoke pot, in a younger stage in life. You know pot? Grass, marijuana? The plant that is now gaining acceptance as medicinal treatment? There is nothing finer than smoking a joint at the open air Greek Theater in LA, listening to George Benson ripping his guitar rhythms under the stars, with a smiling girl leaning on my shoulder sharing life.
Here, I’d like to go to a Jim Paredes concert and do the same thing, letting the artistry of the music join with the gentle buzz of the medicine to generate something called complete happiness.
But I would be a threat to society.
It seems to me most drugs are done that way, by people who harm no one. It is a victimless crime, in the main. Not unlike beer. Yes, sometimes there are excesses, just as some drunken parties get out of hand. And people become addicts, like with alcohol.
But why should it be illegal for a person to hurt himself? Are we that motherly in our moralizing? That confining in our judgment of what is right and wrong? I think people drilling holes through their head for jewelry is damaging to society, because my son might take up doing the same stupid thing. Maybe there should be a law . . .
On the other hand, why can’t we carve ourselves to ugly if we want, tattoo our foreheads, smoke a joint?
“Social costs, Joe. Damaging the fabric of our society.”
Give me a break. I’ll tell you who is damaging the fabric of society. Those who are harming OTHERS. Murderers, for instance. Kidnappers and extortionists and thieves, especially those who commit plunder that steals tax money that could go to feeding poor people. Rapists. Child porn producers. Human traffickers.
THOSE are the people who should be executed before we start picking on some guy in his living room snorting white powder or smoking some vegetation.
Cops who abuse our trust and kill without justification. THEY re the guys deserving execution ahead of a pot-head enjoying his music. Or those cops who kill to protect their own bad dealings. Kill them, the people betraying our trust and PREYING on the rest of us.
Not some poor schmuck on the dock popping a pill or smoking or joint, happy for a moment.
Here’s an idea. Give HIM a JOB, not a bullet.
Solve the problem.
“You are naive, Joe, these are the dirty back alleys of the city where prostitution, drugs and crime fester like the stinking pus of an infected city.”
Wow, nice wording, Juan. You’ve been reading this blog too much.
I’d suggest looking past the dirt and bad environment to find the poverty and lack of opportunity that is the REAL problem here. These people did not create the poverty. They just live there. Corruption and bad work by government created the problem.
Solve the problem.
Don’t push the mortal blame off onto the victims.
Color me real neo neo liberal on this deal.
If killing is in your blood stream, execute those who HARM OTHERS in a big-time way.
- The plunderers
- The rapists
- The human traffickers
- The child porn producers
And if you indeed think drugs are a serious threat to the social fabric of the nation (I don’t see it), then add the drug importers and manufacturers to the list. But not the guys in business down the line, or the people getting ripped for the night. Maybe tax them.
Or give them better jobs, jobs that society approves.
And give them hope.
Solve the problem.
Me, when this topic of social ills arises, I see the culture of entitlement as the key to the backwardness, unfairness, cruelty and ineptitude that has ruled the Philippines and ruined lives for decades. I see satanic delights in the cackles of greed echoing from the plush condos of Makati, or the mansions of . . . of wherever mansions are in the Philippines.
Maybe our leaders and lawmakers should lift their heads and see the REAL problem around here. It might be that it is them, and not people finding joy in artificial ways. Precious little joy is distributed by a State that sorts itself into two classes, those of entitlement and snooty moralistic judgment – and now street executions – and the people doing their best with the lousy lot their government serves up.