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Drugs: America's Holy War 1st Edition
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The book is beautifully written, and the arguments are carefully presented.
I've always sensed that the war on drugs was misguided. Now I feel well-prepared to defend my views with an arsenal of hard-nosed facts.
Thank you, Dr. Benavie.
Drugs--America's Holy War is not only a great teaching aide but an interesting literary trip as I read how Arthur Benavie set out to find what is "good" about the drug war. Benevie, like Edwin Starr's famous 1970 song, found that the answer was "absolutely nuthin'!"
Benavie realizes early on that Thomas Sowell's famous quote was going to be the reason for our drug war: "policies are judged by their consequences, but crusades are judged by how good they make the crusaders feel." Throughout his book, Benavie shows the relationship between the reality and the hysteria that helps the crusaders feel good about their drug war. (pg 90 and many other references). He also addresses the perspectives of the drug czar vs. science in several terrific chapters, and he even pokes Body Count authors Bill Bennett and John Walters in the eye, "pointing" out that they elected to omit any harm caused by the drug war. (pg 108)
His book finishes up with several genuine and well thought out suggestions for a post-drug war policy. Drugs--America's Holy War is well detailed with quotes from many sources: judges, cops, economists, legislators, writers, scientists and more.Read more ›
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Written in a tactical and sensitive manner. If you read this book prepare to throw out most of the propaganda you have been fed and open your mind to America's failed drug policy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Davis Dodge
I thought I knew all the arguments for ending the drug war. This book added about a hundred to my list. Very well researched and written book.Published on September 20, 2013 by Steve Belisle
It's shameful that the USA at this late date with our prisons filled with drug offenders in need of medical treatment and jobs that we maintain and exacerbate the high costs of an... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Violette