The media accounts this morning, like this one, are placing the blame for the large number of deaths at a biker gang summit in Waco, on the lack of cooperation from the restaurant where the killings took place.
Some of the more interesting background on the clubs involved may be found over here.
Oddly, no mention of Hells Angels in this…although Banditos are apparently the predominant club in Texas. Already, there’s talk of more violence to come from this.
All of which gets us to the economic discussion: If clubs like this make their money on meth, weed and coke runs, what would happen if the US had a much more open or lenient drug environment and made marijuana legal?
Not likely to happen: Police, prisons, gangs, treatment, it’s all one big economic circle. Make drugs available freely and there goes the auto glass replacement business. If crime disappeared tomorrow, it would crater the economic, it’s as simple as that.
As usual, I am not BS’ing you on this.
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized drugs and remains so to this day. A 2009 Cato Institute Report, which was latter turned into a book, written by Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald, includes this observation in their white paper about Portugal’s success with no drug laws:
The report also sets forth the data concerning
drug-related trends in Portugal both pre- and
postdecriminalization. The effects of decriminalization
in Portugal are examined both in
absolute terms and in comparisons with other
states that continue to criminalize drugs, particularly
within the EU.
The data show that, judged by virtually every
metric, the Portuguese decriminalization framework
has been a resounding success. Within this
success lie self-evident lessons that should guide
drug policy debates around the world.
I can’t count the times I have told you that turning crime into an industry (which is what for-profit prison operators are doing) is very bad for freedom. Portugal’s experience is that legalizing drugs isn’t a bad thing.
Keeping them illegal – which leads to smuggling and gangs and such – is.
Well, except Portugal, if you remember, was one of the financially strapped (down and raped) PIIGS countries of the E.U.
Until we recognize that organized crime of all sorts is fundamentally economic exploitation, we can look forward to a lot more violence to come. That will mean more cops, more lawyers, more prisons, more rehab, more halfway house operators, more street crime, more….
Somewhere, someone besides me has to notice that the end of Prohibition ended organized crime’s profit-making booze division. I guess that’s why really organized crime is now called government.
Until government stops partnering with criminals in a social death dance – one that employs three lawyers per case and has left 22% of Americans scarred with criminal records – Texas is just a symptom of more to come. Crime of the Waco sort is economic at its core.
Failure isn’t an option in the War on Drugs. It’s a certainty.
Apparently, such clear-headed thinking is not available in Washington where, this morning, the Obamanizers will roll out more money to arm cops and will spend some of your hard-earned tax dollars on building “trust” with local communities.
As usual, government is solving the wrong problem… instead of “putting down crime” anyone with half a brain would ask “What’s putting it up?” (Money) “So how do we fix that?”
Want to fix burglary? Mandatory 6-month jail time for people who buy stolen goods. Take the economics off the table and you solve “crime.”.
Oh, wait…no MRAPS in peaceful living, though, is there?
Markets And Such
Consumer Prices will be released on the 22nd – Friday – this month. Not much excitement until there. Keep NoDoz at the ready.
Market is looking to open slightly down, which is normal after a blow-off options week.
Moreover, Abilene, Texas, which was dusting off 3-inches last year is over 9-inches this year.
And the drought monitor looks like we are in for a horrific fire season in the woods of the West.
Is there good news for California? Yes. Reader Mark M spied an article about a breakthrough desalinization technique that has been developed at MIT.
Of course that begs the question, can it scale in time to prevent the movement of some millions of people out of Droughtifornia? You saw where this weekend, Washington State officially entered drought, as well
And while Lake Mead is trying to disappear, much to the worry of Las Vegans (check if that’s a word for me, would’ja?) there’s also a report of Lake Powell going Houdini on us..
Meantime, there’s so much rain here that our septic system is sluggish…
Reminds me of the joke from B-school: You know what a statistician is? That’s a person who can freeze his left foot in a block of ice and stick the other foot in a fire. Then look you dead in the eye and say (wait for it…_) “On average, I’m comfortable.”
I should count my blessings, I suppose, but we’re just a little too “flush” with rain, thank you. Walking in the yard, we sink in an inch or two…things are that soggy here.
“Let He Who Casts the First Stone…”
I just love it when John Kerry starts to criticize the leadership of North Korea. And what do we do about it? Why saber rattle and threaten new sanctions back, of course!
Just looking at things from up here in the cheap seats, sending Dennis Rodman to NK accomplished what, exactly?
It’s OK…the NK’s criticized Ferguson and Baltimore if I’m not mistaken…It’s no longer statesmanship. It’s blame marketing.
From our news analyst fellow up in Winnipeg:
Dear Mr. Ure,
France24 is reported that training has commenced for American-paid rebel Jaysh al-Islam mercenaries in the fight against ISIS in the Syrian theater. One could rhetorically wonder why the Saudis are not paying the entire freight for a Sunni group not only spawned by one of their descendants, but with linkages to an al-Qaeda derivative al-Nusra Front. So far this storyline isn’t quite lining up with the fine efforts of German mercenaries who turned back the Islamic incursion of Western Europe at Vienna in the sixteenth century.
Further to this discussion of the public announcement of American training commencement for the Jaish al-Islam rebel group, Hasan Hasan a journalist in Abu Dhabi issued a one sentence tweet this past weekend. He noted that the cleric Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi was “subtweeting” the rebel group. It looks like the alleged “dangerous and influential jihadi theorist’s” managers only started him up on Twitter two weeks ago. One trusts all is going to plan, Inshalah?
And then we note Shi’ite forces are moving to take back an Iraqi city taken earlier by ISIS.
War In the Wings
You might keep an eye on Ukraine in coming days because some Russians captured in the hotly disputed eastern part of the country are about to be paraded around Kiev.
None of which will surprise tipster Madison Avenue Mike. He notes this report that World War III is already underway, pitting the U.S. against Russia and China, as claimed by a former American official.
Dandy…juss freaking dandy.
Yes, We Are Here
Once again, evil forces around the net seem to be serving outdated cache copies of UrbanSurvival. If you don’t see this report on Monday, call your ISP and complain.
There’s a big online subtext here: Suppress clear thinking. Can’t have free, thinking people, gaining traction in the world. You know they are domestic terrorists, right? They believe in outdated concepts like the notion of a more perfect Union. Throttle ‘em. Cache talks.