The problem is what’s behind the symptom

narcos640I watched the first season of Narcos on Netflix, which is about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and his empire. In a scene where then Colombian President Gaviria and his associates were discussing the extradition issue with the American Ambassador and her people, the American position was that the drug problem was the fault of the traffickers from Colombia, and the Colombian position was that the problem was the consumption of drugs by Americans.

Both are right, but they don’t go far enough. The problem is multifaceted and cannot be laid at the feet of any one country or person. Why does life suck so much that people turn to drugs for momentary escapes? Why does life suck so much that people turn to manufacturing and selling drugs to make a living? I say life sucks because of the poverty, the economic malaise, and the general state of affairs for most people all over the world. These kinds of things push people to desperation.

Jailing banksters

I guess some people misunderstand when I talk about stopping or jailing bankers.

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They think I am referring to their personal loan officer at the branch downtown or down the street. Well if down the street is Manhattan, maybe, or if your checking account is with an outfit like Deutschebank or Goldman Sachs. I’m talking about people collecting the bailout bonus money while making unconscionable, reprehensible decisions and trades at the corporate and international level…who profit off financial failures and seek favors from the state to protect themselves legally and financially. That person I want to see endure hardship and reversal of fortune the way so many of us have. I want them to go down and not recover their empires. So I’m not talking about your golfing buddy or neighbor most likely.

War is a racket

HIS HOLINESS, THE DALAI LAMA

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War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable,

surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which

the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
-Gen. Smedley Butler, War is a Racket, 1935