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Commentary on The Capital Markets- Category [Social Issues]
2017-11-19 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Social Issues , 279 references
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Oh, what high-minded and haughty bull**** one tosses out on the page at Faux Snooz:

For the first time in America, we are properly tackling drug addiction as a public health issue requiring public health solutions, rather than a public safety issue necessitating heavy-handed and ineffective criminal penalties.

We are finally in the right ball park. Now we need to make sure we have the right game plan.


To those using them, drugs aren’t a problem – drugs are a solution to their problems. Drugs help people deal with fear, anger, shame, isolation, depression, and other real and deep problems many of us experience on a daily basis.

No ****?  You mean all those bars all over the land, all those liquor stores and rows of beer cans, bottles and cases lined up in the grocery store might in fact be used by people who, even if just for a while, want to forget something, dull some (mental) pain, add a bit of a "buzz" to a sporting contest or escape from the drudgery of their life?

Say it isn't so!

Of course it would be fantastic if nobody ever suffered a poor outcome from such things.  You know, like driving while intoxicated and wrapping themselves around a tree at high speed?  Or destroying their liver, pancreas, heart -- or all three at once?

Well, yeah, that would be great.  It's also unrealistic.

We all occasionally attempt to resolve, or at least escape, these core dilemmas through inappropriate or ineffective means. Illicit drug use is a particularly destructive and dangerous choice, but it is still an attempt to fix a problem.

Illicit drug use is in many ways less destructive than "licit" drug use in this regard.  Don't get me wrong; opiods are bad news, and kill people.  There's a coffin corner problem with them that is common to many drugs in that as you consume them for periods of time it takes more and more to get the desired "high", yet the physiological limit of exposure without death doesn't really change all that much.  If those two points intersect you die -- reliably.

But those same points exist for alcohol.  We sell it in stores anyway.  It's just that most of the time your liver will be a shriveled up mass and your heart and arteries leaking fluid into your body to the point of death before the coffin corner problem gets you.

Though drug dependence is an extreme solution, it’s an outgrowth of an attitude common to all of us. For most issues we face, we expect to find a quick and easy patch. That’s the key message we get from ads for all sorts of products.

Just ads eh?  It's not Facebook too that, it has been disclosed, is knowingly giving you that little "hit" of dopamine which of course is a drug your body manufacturers but which many entities have figured out how to exploit and do, is it?

Oh wait -- it is.

Why do we throw people in jail who sell drugs but Zuckerpig walks free with billions of dollars he got by conning you?  And yes, he conned you folks -- he manipulated you psychologically and abused your mental health, intentionally, as the above shows.

Nobody cares.

At the root of a large part of this is not just "simple, quick-fix demands", which is legitimately part of the problem.  Witness those who are overweight or obese and have Type II diabetes or its precursors.  They want pills.  They're fast and easy, right?  Well, yes they're fast, yes they're easy, no they don't work.

Not on a permanent basis anyway.  They do appear to work originally, but the problem with them is that in a relatively short period of time you build tolerance to them because what you were doing, which was a progressive path of destruction, you have not changed.

So first it's Metformin, then the next drug when that one stops working as you continue to insult your body, and so on.  Many people say they're eating low carb, high fat and "it doesn't work" but in fact they're not doing any such thing; they're usually either eating lots of carbs or massively-excessive amounts of protein which their body converts to glucose, rendering the so-called "low carb" claim (and effect) worthless.  What's even worse is that many of them eschew essential minerals and vitamins in their attempt to "eat this way", which doubles down on the ignorance and bad outcome.

We spend somewhere around $400 billion a year in the federal budget alone due to this one disease -- Type II diabetes.  Now how much more do we spend not only tossing people in prison for adult drug use and abuse but how much more do we lose as a consequence of paying homage to all those who want quick fixes instead of addressing root causes?

Why would someone have such despair in the first place?  Can we have a conversation about that?

Maybe they've had some really crappy things happen in their lives; we all do from time to time.  For most of those events, however, if they're just "ordinary events" they pass and so does the impetus to use drugs.

For the rest, however, maybe it doesn't pass.

Maybe the event doesn't pass because they're not rocket scientists (after all, the bell curve is real and thus so is intelligence and mental capacity) and we sent all the jobs that are both rewarding and accessible to those folks that aren't on the far right of the curve to China and India, and of those remaining we looked the other way while millions of illegal, unskilled laborers flooded our nation.

In other words we cheered on the screwing of a large part of the population of this country -- and then we express shock, outrage and revulsion when they turn to the bottle -- whether it's got booze, prescription drugs or heroin in it.

You don't think having the ability to find a job sufficient to keep a decent roof over your head might make your depressed and seek an escape, do you?  How about if we sat back and let the politicians and Wall Street fat cats destroy the economic conditions necessary for people of "ordinary means and intelligence" to be fulfilled?

Oh, you think that might be a factor?

Well then maybe we ought to do something about that before we turn the screws even further to where if your IQ isn't over 110 there's almost-literally no work available that pays enough to have and raise a family!

We already screwed anyone with under a roughly 120 IQ out of the ability to raise a family on one income without the government grossly subsidizing them, especially in high-tax parts of the country.  Why did we allow that "high tax and cost of living" crap to develop in the first place?  How much further do you wish to push that abusive paradigm which you have not only voted for but cheered on and why do you keep ratcheting the taxes and cost-of-living higher?

You want lasting change with regard to drug abuse and outcomes?  Look to Portugal, which legalized basically everything.  Drug abuse rates fell like a stone.

But if you want to actually take care of the underlying problem that leads to drug abuse of all sorts then you need to address the fraud all over our economy and those who intentionally exploit everyone and everything they can, starting with people like Zuckerpig and the so-called "multinationals" such as Apple that not only avoid taxes on income they really do earn here (the fruits of their operations) but firms that do things like cost-shift call centers and then claim the activity is "there" (when it really isn't; it's for the benefit of people here.)

The fact of the matter is that a couple of ordinary intelligence must be able to feed, house and clothe both themselves and a couple of kids on one income, not two, and make it work -- in essentially all areas of the country -- without taking handouts.  If you do that then the reason for a huge percentage of those who currently use drugs to do so disappears.

But for that to happen the scams have to disappear across the board, and utterly nobody is talking about doing it.

That's your responsibility, America.

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