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World War D. The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re-legalization

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102 years after the launch of global drug prohibition, 41 years after the official declaration of the war on drugs, World War D is an important and timely book. As the wave of support for drug reform keeps growing throughout the world, from church groups to retired law enforcement, to the NAACP, to Kofi Annan, George Shultz, Paul Volcker, and a string of former Latin Ameri ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 24th 2011 by Columbia Communications Inc; First edition (October 24, 2011) (first published October 19th 2011)
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Stuart Aken
Sep 04, 2012 Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing
Voters are frequently disempowered by the very people they elect as their representatives. Rarely has there been such a gaping void between public opinion and political will, however, as there is on the question of drugs. Whilst the vast majority of the public recognised long ago that prohibition of drugs, like the experiment with prohibition of alcohol decades ago, doesn’t work, the politicians have dithered and dodged the question, failing to take effective action, whilst spending billions on ...more
Fred Schäfer
Oct 31, 2012 Fred Schäfer rated it it was amazing
A hugely impressive book, well researched. It belongs to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

The author’s objective with this book – as I understand it – is to promote attitudinal and legislative change with respect to the way society deals with drugs. This makes me ask two questions: A) Does the book live up to that expectation? Yes, I think it does. B) Is the book as convincing as it could be? Well, let’s see.

This is a hugely impressive book. It is well researched, well written an
Nov 05, 2012 Grady rated it it was amazing
Looking at the Drug War Face On

WORLD WAR D is a hefty book of 435 pages that serves as a platform for author Jeffrey Dhywood to illuminate his readers on why the use of drugs - whether psychoactive prescription drugs or cocaine or marijuana or heroin or opium or crystal meth, LSD etc - continues to be an ever increasing problem throughout the world. The cost of the illegal or abused drug market creates crime, addiction, organized crime in cartels resulting in smuggling/selling/inducing needless
Marcel Lavabre
Sep 06, 2012 Marcel Lavabre rated it it was amazing
The war on drugs has been going on way too long. There has to be better ways. If you want to read just one book about this failed social experiment, this is it! You will understand where prohibitionism comes from, why certain substances are illegal, what are psychoactives substances and what they do to the brain, irrespective of their legal status. Mr Dhywood clearly demonstrate that the consequences of prohibition - narco-violence, corruption, organized crime, destabilization of entire regions ...more
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an excellent an thorough book from the history, to effects and solution to this world wide MESS! Very well though out solutions that should be looked at by our leaders but .....
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Comprehensive history of the War on Drugs and detailed information on the economic and social effects the drug war inflicts on the United States.
Sep 14, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Very thorough book on the subject. A great reference book.
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Being quite familiar with Latin America, especially Colombia, Central America and Mexico, and witnessing the ravage created by the insane war on drugs, I had to write "World War D – The Case against prohibitionism, roadmap to controlled re-legalization" ( There has to be a better way.
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“The accession of not one but three illegal drug users in a row to the US presidency constitutes an existential challenge to the prohibitionist regime. The fact that some of the most successful people of our time, be it in business, finances, politics, entertainment or the arts, are current or former substance users is a fundamental refutation of its premises and a stinging rebuttal of its rationale. A criminal law that is broken at least once by 50% of the adult population and that is broken on a regular basis by 20% of the same adult population is a broken law, a fatally flawed law. How can a democratic government justify a law that is consistently broken by a substantial minority of the population? What we are witnessing here is a massive case of civil disobedience not seen since alcohol prohibition in the 1930 in the US. On what basis can a democratic system justify the stigmatization and discrimination of a strong minority of as much as 20% of its population?” 2 likes
“Prohibitionism is based on the premise that citizens will refrain from behaviors that are deemed immoral or harmful if such behaviors are decreed unlawful and criminal, even though such behaviors do not harm or unreasonably endanger others without their informed consent. Prohibitionism stems from totalitarian paternalism, an ideology rather prevalent among governing elites around the world, based on the presumption that people are feeble, foolish and irresponsible, needing constant protection from themselves.” 1 likes
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