Noam Chomsky – Drugs and Criminalization

Noam Chomsky - Drugs and Criminalization

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  • Clarkson Fisher III

    YES! I never heard Mr. Chomsky speak on these topics and yet I already also held the same opinions expressed here! Exactly in fact except that I had not thought about the concept of class always being tied to criminalization of behavior. This is a fantastic point obviously and I plan to use it in talking to people when I find myself making the point that I feel they should do like me and not drink and not smoke cigarettes. I only do this when prompted out when the opportunity comes along to say something about it to a person that I feel will understand that I am sharing opinions without any judgement of users.

  • Return of Zeus

    Trump's Mafia connections.

    The companies included S&A Concrete , which supplied building material to the Trump Plaza on Manhattan’s East Side, court records show. S&A was owned by Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family, and Paul Castellano, boss of the Gambino family.

    Salvatore "Salvie" Testa (1956 – September 14, 1984), nicknamed The Crowned Prince of the Philadelphia Mob, was a Philadelphia gangster who served as a hitman for the Philadelphia crime family during a period of internal gang conflict.

    Testa's father had left him an estate worth $800,000 that included a run-down bar in Ducktown, Atlantic City on a site where casino developer Donald Trump decided to build the Trump Plaza (Atlantic City) in 1984 at 2500 Boardwalk. Trump paid Testa $1.1 million — "twice the market value"[1]—for the right to tear the bar down.

    Then, as now, Trump denied knowing LiButti, who died in 2014.

    "I have heard he is a high roller, but if he was standing in front of me, I wouldn't know what he looked like," Trump told the Philadelphia Inquirer in February 1991.

    "He's a liar. Of course he knew him," Creamer told Yahoo News. "I flew in the [Trump] helicopter with [Trump's then wife] Ivana and the kids. My dad flew it up and down [to Atlantic City]. My 35th birthday party was at the Plaza and Donald was there. After the party, we went on his boat, his big yacht."

    "I like Trump, but it pisses me off that he denies knowing my father," she said. "That hurts me."

    The Russian-born businessman had already done a stint in prison for stabbing a man in the face with the stem of a margarita glass, and he was now awaiting sentencing for his role in a Mafia-orchestrated stock fraud scheme — all the while serving as a government informant on the mob and mysterious matters of national security.

    Trump has repeatedly said he barely remembers Sater. In sworn testimony in 2013, Trump said he wouldn’t recognize Sater if they were sitting in the same room. In an interview last year with the Associated Press, he said, “Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it.”

    Sater, in previously unreported sworn testimony reviewed by The Washington Post, described a closer relationship.

    Sater said he popped into Trump’s office frequently over a six-year period to talk business. He recalled flying to Colorado with Trump and said that Trump once asked him to escort his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka around Moscow.

    Roy Marcus Cohn (/koʊn/; February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) was an American attorney who became famous during Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare.

    After leaving McCarthy, Cohn had a 30-year career as an attorney in New York City. His clients included Donald Trump, Mafia figures Tony Salerno, Carmine Galante, and John Gotti, Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Texas financier and philanthropist Shearn Moody, Jr.,[14]

  • Jonas Silinskas

    What year was this? My head is blown by how far ahead of his time Chomsky usualy is.

  • pogue972

    Nobody dies from sugar substitutes. Show me one single study where a non-caloric sweetener lead to a provable, demonstrable death of anyone.

  • Paul Sintetos

    can't really find evidence that artifical sweeteners are as bad as he makes them out… what bugs me about him is how he uses an authoritative tone to try to brush past opposition.

  • coreycox2345

    The fact that the federal government poisoned people in the cause of prohibition looks like a definite case of class warfare. Perhaps chronic boredom is not a valid medical use of marihuana. It would be better (in such a case) to simply lead a more interesting life. This is wise.

  • Double Shrekt

    Alcohol and tobacco are not necessary to human survival. Sugar is. Moderation should only apply to things we need. Things we WANT that can harm us should be kept away from society.

  • Double Shrekt

    I can't agree with Chomsky on this one. The 'word' moderation means nothing with addictive and/or destructive substances. Hundreds of thousands of years have passed, and still we lose countless thousands to alcohol-related accidents. It is a poison, and the benefits are usually overblown. Society does not need alcohol.

    'Varying effects'? Yes, but they are not good for society. Coffee does not impair your senses, and cannot lead you to deathly injury. Alcohol can.
    Alcohol and similar intoxicants should be slowly removed from our social DNA.