The Mexican drug cartels exist because of one thing, the drug laws of the United States of America. It is true that the US laws were intended to protect the American people from themselves, but the effects are felt far and wide in the world. A lot of blood can be attributed to our War on Drugs.
According to a CNN article from January, 2012, more than forty-eight thousand Mexican citizens have died as a result of the violence of the Mexican drug cartels. Plus, the Mexican government may be close to collapse as the military war with the cartels continues to go badly.The cartels are awash in cash, and they use this limitless supply of money to pay off police, politicians, and anyone else that can benefit their drug money schemes.
It gets real simple, real quick. If the drug cartels cannot buy what they want, they will kill to eliminate their competition.
As we have learned, problems in Mexico become problems in the United States.
In yesterday’s article I came out for legalizing cannabis. Today, I am going the rest of the distance and am advocating the legalization of all recreational drugs. The unintended consequences of our War on Drugs is causing rivers of blood to flow in the drug supplying countries, and the violence is coming upstream to the United States. Border agents and American citizens have been killed by Mexican drug cartels.
There are risks in legalizing drugs, but I think these risks are outweighed by the benefits of eliminating the criminal acts and organizations that are committing mass murder in the name of money and drugs. The moral approach to the problem is to legalize the use and distribution of drugs.
The monopolistic cartels cannot take the competition, and the reason for the murders will disappear. The whole drug economy will collapse, and thousands of lives will be saved.
No one person has had a better argument for the legalization of drugs than the Nobel Prize winning economist, Milton Friedman. Here is a YouTube video of a conversation about that subject.