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Old 10-12-2010, 06:27 AM
Eric Biesel Eric Biesel is offline
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Default Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

Originally Posted by whburgess View Post
I agree. Legalize all drugs. Only selling drugs to kids should be illegal--and people who that should do hard time.---but I don't think it would address the problem of group inequality that is at issue in any significant way.
I don't know about that. The economic destruction wreaked by being branded a felon, losing the years of one's life where one is most likely to develop valuable skills, and the assimilation into criminal culture that pervades America's prisons is difficult to overstate. The fact that there are substantial racial disparities in drug sentencing is well studied, but perhaps not as well known as it should be. Additionally, I would have liked to have seen these two engage in a robust discussion of the destructive influence of minimum wage laws on increasing unemployment in the black community, particularly in the demographic disproportionately likely to be fucked over by our insane national drug policy.
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