TheCase of Slavery
TheCase of Slavery
Drugaddiction is a phenomenon that has always raised significantcontention. As such, a lot of intellectuals have come up with theoption of legalizing drugs in an attempt to reduce incarcerations andthe consumption as well. For this reason, there are two schools ofthought. On one side, anti-abolitionist insist that legalization willgo a long way in curbing slavery in the form of addiction [ CITATION AMR89 l 2057 ].On the other side,others perceive such a move as risky and unworthy as well.
Thearticle by Rosenthal (1989) purports that drug addiction is a form ofslavery and most of the time, those in bondage do not realize thebenefits of legalizing their condition. However, it is expected thatin due course, they will do so since the enslavement will be modifiedin a manner that pacifies them with the things that enslave them.Addiction is similar to slavery in several ways including the moralsbehind it, the individuals affected and also the effects. Addictionhas enchained people of all ages, just like the plantation model ofslavery. Likewise, all colours of individuals are affected as well,and the addiction is passed from one generation to another.Furthermore, similar to the early slavery, addiction destroys socialresources such as family, culture, and values and entraps theindividuals from freedom. Some people purport that legalization wouldlead to peace for well-supplied addicts while the economy would beboosted due to reduced number of imprisonments related to drugs [ CITATION AMR89 l 2057 ].
Firstof all, the primary argument is that legalization can reducecriminalization and therefore a controlled yet free market would makethe use of drugs to reduce. Secondly, there is also the economicperspective where legalization is likely to boost the economydirectly and indirectly. This is through the reduction of resourcesallocated to deal with trafficking, arrests and taking care of theimprisoned individuals. Additionally, the import and export aspectsare also included. To support this argument an example of successfullegalization is seen in Portugal. In this country, thedecriminalization of small amounts of psychoactive drugs saw asignificant decline in convictions and trafficking. This could be apositive indicator that legalization could indeed facilitate betteroutcomes [ CITATION Han14 l 2057 ].Therefore, legalization has the potential to bring about bettereconomic outcomes and also reduce the slavery to addiction.
Despitethis possibility, legalization is not the ultimate guarantee to theissue of dependency. The characteristics of the contemporary societyare not in any way similar to controlled laboratory conditions. Forthis reason, the experimental process of legalizing drugs even for awhile may lead to the production of unexpected and disappointingresults which may not be easily reversed to the original state. Druglegalization is likely to increase the levels of crime, addiction,and violence. Pushers would take advantage of such a move and improvedrug potency, the health of babies will deteriorate, and more andmore citizens will be drawn into the drug slavery through addiction[ CITATION Geo12 l 2057 ].Imagininga free world or nation that allows psychoactive and addictive drugsto circulate openly is a recipe for failure not only in schools butalso in the overall productivity. It is not an easy task to deal withthe effects of these drugs, and there is every indicator that moreresources will be required for the rehabilitation of addicts. Thereason why some advocate for the legalization of drugs is due to lackof care and social class which is quite a tragedy. As such, thelegalization of drugs is a dangerous venture that may lead to evenmore adverse economic and social impacts.
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