1st Edition

America's Holy War

ISBN 9780789038418
Published November 24, 2008 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

@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

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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). 


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