Weird aspects of the screwed-up “war on drugs” — July 2015 article in The Atlantic

The “war on drugs” has been dysfunctional and counter-productive for many years.  It was escalated when Nixon tried to attack the “hippie” and anti-war movements and also to create public animosity toward African Americans by causing the public to fear them as drug dealers.  Other politicians also provoked a “tough-on-crime” mania in order to attack their demographic and political opponents and in order to ingratiate themselves with voters who were easy to exploit through fear, racism, ignorance, and simplistic solutions to complex problems.

This article in the July 2015 issue of The Atlantic magazine is informative:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/07/chapo-mexico-drug-war/398927/