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America's Holy War, 1st Edition

By Arthur Benavie


180 pages

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Using the best scientific evidence, Drugs: America's Holy War explores the impact and cost of America’s "War on Drugs" – both in tax spending and in human terms. Is it possible that US drug policies are helping to proliferate, not prevent, a multitude of social ills including: homicide, property crime, the spread of AIDS, the contamination of drugs, the erosion of civil liberties, the punishment of thousands of non-violent people, the corruption of public officials, and the spending of billions of tax dollars in an attempt to prevent certain drugs from entering the country?

In this controversial new book, award-winning economist Arthur Benavie analyzes the research findings and argues that an end to the war on drugs, much as we ended alcohol prohibition, would yield enormous international benefits, destroy dangerous and illegal drug cartels, and allow the American government to refocus its attention on public well-being.


"This is a concise overview of the drug wars in the US over the past few decades. Recommended." -- Choice, March 2010

Table of Contents

Part 1: Background Introduction to Part 1 1. Overview 2. The Birth of the Drug War Part 2: Damage from the Drug War Introduction to Part 2 3. Crime 4. Public Health 5. Civil Liberties 6. Social Cohesion 7. Your Tax Dollars at Work Part 3: The Federal Government’s Case for the Drug War 8. The Perception of the Drug Czars 9. The Czars Defend the Drug War 10. The White House Versus the Scientists on

Marijuana Dangers 11. Czars Versus the Scientists on Cocaine and

Heroin Part 4: Beyond the Drug War 12. Harm Reduction Instead of War 13. Legalizing Marijuana 14. Reforming the Laws on Hard Drugs 15. Questions and Answers

About the Author

Arthur Benavie is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has won multiple awards for his work in economic theory and teaching excellence. He has published several books, including Deficit Hysteria: A Common Sense Look at America's Rush to Balance the Budget (1998), and Social Security Under the Gun (2003).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Media & the Law
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General