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How America Lost the War on Drugs

Apropos of nothing in particular, if anyone out there hasn't spent some time reading Ben Wallace-Wells's masterful Rolling Stone feature detailing America's failed war on drugs, they should change that. Print it out and read it over lunch. You can even feel smug in the knowledge that it's a whole lot better than anything on Obama's summer reading list.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 25, 2009; 11:19 AM ET
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Are you kidding? Have you read Lush Life? I'll give you Pellecanos, but the dialogue in that thing literally (not really) reaches out and crushes your soul.

Posted by: nstearns | August 25, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

If we had legalized and taxed drugs, how much would we have raised in revenue as opposed to flushed down the drain? Put another way, how much treatment would $500b buy?

Posted by: scott1959 | August 25, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Beg pardon. "Plainsong" is a great book, as are Kent Haruf's other books. Ezra, you didn't think you could make a remark like that without getting everyone's dander up, did you? :-) :-)

Posted by: fkooyman | August 25, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Ezra write an article on how the war on poverty was lost.

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | August 25, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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