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Adamus

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#1 11 years ago

Call it an ideology, call it pathetic, I don't care. This movie change my entire perspective on drugs and their use in the United States.

While I don't like the idea of the Gov't intruding upon people's health, the damage that is caused by the market of the drugs is far greater then the health risks. Ever since I was old enough to change the channel, which was 2, I believe, I was able to determine the relationship between drugs and violence. Though, I hadn't really had any insight into the reality of it.

To be honest, I couldn't care less what our pen of sheep do with their own bodies and minds. Though, I do care about the image it projects on America and our youth. The more I look around, the more I see the steady decline of morality in teenagers and young adults. Where's the principle? I believe people are becoming to 'individualistic' - if that's a word... Oo - and have dislodged the joint between society and themselves. They feel they're on their own, and the rest of the world is, in a word, screwed. Thus, they feel society's rules and taboos don't apply to them.

I used to debate non-stop with both my parents and peers alike that people have the right to kill themselves in whichever way they please, whether that be a knife, or an overdose on heroine. I was always presented with the abstraction that drugs lead to other crimes. My arguement was always, 'it wouldn't be that way if the drugs weren't illegal'.

Well, this movie has brought some insight into the life of a drug dealer, and while I respect their desire for wealth and power, their methords are far beyond unethical. That's where my concern lies, ethics. I don't want society, particularly northern-western civilization, to lose it's values in ethics and principle. That's what the market of drugs is leading us into. I mock the 'War on Drugs' bull**** that goes through the media, only because their effort is entirely in vein.

They spend countless ammounts of money simply for the campaigns of advertising. Where's the evidence that anything is being done? Yeah, the police forces are doing their jobs, but there's a reason these criminals merge into gangs, there's too many ways around the law. I believe huge reform is needed in the way the police forces handle these criminals. Such as granting them a lot more abilities when investigating these dealers. For starters, screw warrants, they're only slowing the process down. Rights are worth sacrificing.

For the original topic, all I'm saying is this movie is worth watching. It's definitely worth a few thoughts, and if it shines some light for you as it did for me, I'm hopeful more will be done.

Talking point: What solutions do you have to get inside this market and destroy it?




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#2 11 years ago

-A desirable commodity exists -It is illegal to obtain by ordinary means Therefore, guaranteed, drugs will be supplied by someone. Say's Theorem (macroeconomics) states that demand will invariably lead to supply. If the drugs are not supplied by legal vendors, they will be supplied by illegal vendors. The only way to shut down gangs trafficking drugs is to legalize drugs and allow companies operating under the law to sell the drugs. This supplants the power from gangs by making them unnecessary.




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#3 11 years ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't the drugs be -more- expensive when taken to the legal market? In which case, the demand would in fact rise, leading to more crime by the junkies to get another fix?

Then it may turn into a political market, as well. There's no where to grow hash or crack in the US, therefor oversea markets could simply control the market.




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#4 11 years ago

No. When a commodity is illegal, it becomes more difficult to procure. It needs to be smuggled over borders, usually by a variety of middlemen, and with the increased risk and number of people who handle it between production and sale, the price rises. If it were legal, however, it could be imported in bulk (rather than small quantities) by corporations who cut out the smugglers and middlemen who would otherwise also need to be paid, thereby reducing the price. But you are right, at least in the first few years foreigners would have a monopoly. There are plenty of areas where you can grow hash or crack domestically, but no farming operation would be set up on a large scale at the time of legalization. Not that I'm for legalization. The general American youth is undereducated about drug culture, and I fear legalization of any drug would lead to huge problems with teenagers, in the same manner as alcohol has. Uneducated teenagers are never exposed to alcohol prior to 21, therefore they are not aware of their limits and make idiots of themselves the first time (and often every subsequent time) they get around alcohol.




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#5 11 years ago

What exactly falls in line with drug culture?

The use thereof, or the persecution thereof?

My point is, this generation's youth is poorly aware of the morality and principle involved with the background behind drugs and their market. Meaning, though he is aware of the bias against, he is unaware of the real principle associated with the bias against. When 'drug awareness week' rolled by at my high school, all we would hear about is the negative effects on our health.

I have -never- heard any school official refer to the dangerous crimes behind the market. It isn't only the smuggling that leads to murder, theft, et cetera... the junkies themselves will sometimes do anything for another fix.

Western Civilization could do more to bring to awareness the physical and ethical nature of drugs and their providers. Hollywood simply isn't cutting it.