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July 20, 2011

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Ethan

I think that capitalism simply can't deal with drugs. Cocaine was used in its natural form for thousands of years with no known problems -- then chemists concentrated it, psychiatrists recommended it, and companies marketed it, until its use became so destructive that it is now synonymous with hardcore crime and fuels war in Columbia and Mexico. Similar with tobacco... Maybe drugs shouldn't be treated as commodities? Nowadays, of course, the system has the brainpower to craft its own brand-new drugs and create drug epidemics out of whole cloth.

Kris

@Ethan: Right. And there's so much profit for Big Pharma in creating new diseases, making diagnoses of diseases that call for drugs, etc. Capitalism treats EVERYthing as a commodity, including people.

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