The hypocrisy of cocaine

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Yes, addicts need help. But all you casual cocaine users want locking up | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian .

I know people who drink fair-trade tea and coffee, shop locally and take cocaine at parties. They are revolting hypocrites.

Every year cocaine causes some 20,000 deaths in Colombia and displaces several hundred thousand people from their homes. Children are blown up by landmines; indigenous people are enslaved; villagers are tortured and killed; rainforests are razed. You’d cause less human suffering if instead of discreetly retiring to the toilet at a media drinks party, you went into the street and mugged someone. But the counter-cultural association appears to insulate people from ethical questions. If commissioning murder, torture, slavery, civil war, corruption and deforestation is not a crime, what is?

All faciliated by tax havens George, never forget that. The professional classes have to get their rake off. Add that to the list of hypocrisy.