Real Crimes behind the War on Drugs

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  • Initial credits
  • Introduction by Luis Figueroa
  • How does the war on drugs affect people on the streets?
  • Why is the war on drugs so popular?
  • Ending the war on drugs does not mean no prosecution for crimes committed under the influence of drugs?
  • What is the incentive for politics to continue with this war?
  • How can other countries escape the pressure to keep the war on drugs?
  • Where could we learn more about the war on drugs?
  • Final words
  • Final credits
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Robert Higgs shares his knowledge on the effects of the war on drugs. He comments on the way the fight against the cartels affects people in their everyday lives, not only in terms of money but also in the outcome of violence and, unfortunately, at the same time, the way many other benefit from the misfortune created by the drug market. Higgs refers to the use of drugs as a victimless crime, because it involves the will of people to buy and use them, emphasizing that there is no harm imposed on any unwilling participant, however, the crimes resulting of this activity are what cause the real damage. Finally, he states his awareness on the pressure the government of the United States would inflict on any country, willing to remove themselves from this war on drugs.



Real Crimes behind the War on Drugs
Robert Higgs

Special Collections Room
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, May 7,2011

New Media-UFM production.  Guatemala, May 2011
Camera: Jorge Samayoa, Mynor de León; digital editing: Claudia de Obregón; index and synopsis: Stephanie Araneda; content reviser: Sofía Díaz; publication: Claudia de Obregón, Sofía Díaz

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Robert Higgs

Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs is senior fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and editor of The Independent Review. He taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He was a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation. He is author of Depression, War, and Cold War; Neither Liberty Nor Safety; Politická ekonomie strachu (The Political Economy of Fear, in Czech); Resurgence of the Warfare State, Against Leviathan, The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914; Competition and Coercion, and Crisis and Leviathan. Higgs holds a PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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