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The War On Drugs – The Cyber Chapter

Those four words ‘The War On Drugs’ contain so much nonsense its surprising they don’t explode in confusion of clowns and balloons. Drugs have been tied to man’s ascent so intimately that we may as well have a ‘War On Thumbs’ or a ‘War On Large Brains’; indeed the highest order of intellectual development in western and eastern civilization was influenced by a variety of substances which are now illegal. This can only stunt our continued development as a species.

The War On Drugs officially started in 1971 but criminalization began in Britain in the 1920’s as an attempt to control Opium. Drugs were seen as nasty, foreign substances that would corrupt the general population. So the efforts to control drugs span about one hundred years, a pathetic amount of time compared to our time spent enjoying and exploring them.

Once America weighed in with its horrible propaganda and it’s clearly industry influenced politics it started to get nasty, people had their fear of other races exploited and a promising, green industry in Hemp was dismantled. Slowly people started to reclaim their right to use their bodies and minds as they wished, really the most basic freedom. Think hippies, think the 60’s; they had the passion and numbers but they lacked one important thing, weapons, this is a war after all…

Technology wins wars, Genghis Khan wasn’t the greatest conqueror of all time because he could scream the loudest or because he had the best ideas, it was because his tech was awesome, specifically the Mongolian double curved bow. We all know the tech we have can win this war, or at the very least make it impossible for the enemy to win. From the perspective of someone who was a boy in the nineties TOR, PGP and any bitcoin cleaner are the three coolest programs I have ever used, I mean, this is James Bond stuff here! I encrypted something? It goes beyond cool, it gives a feeling of potency and of self-determination. Here is a community not only working independent of the system but in opposition to it.

Impossible win scenarios in traditional war are traditionally fought by Guerrilla troops whose mode of operation is manoeuvrability and individual initiative, this is exactly the tactics now being employed by Dark Net markets. It’s like a hydra, the mythical beast which caused Hercules so many problems, every head chopped off results in the growth of two more. This is what happened with Silk Road in 2013. I was a noob at the time and had just discovered the existence of Dark Net markets from BBC radio no less (Cheers guys!) and I have to say that FBI ‘Screen of Death’ nearly put me off the whole business for like two whole minutes. It’s obvious that the death of Silk Road just created opportunities for other online market places. The process being very similar to when a huge tree falls in a jungle and in doing so provides space and light for the new saplings. The industry lost its biggest player and barely missed a beat, a pure testament to the determination of the people involved. That which does not destroy you only makes you stronger.

A bigger challenge was just around the corner though. The closure of evolution was something I experienced personally and the worse thing? This was a prime tactical unit taken down, not by the enemy, but from within, destroyed by greed. Evolution was a good site, technically accomplished with a nice community and some excellent vendors, it was brought low by a few people in power. This exposed a weakness in our current system and that is the weakness of anonymity, no one at a dark market can be held accountable and I suppose this is a necessary flaw, or is it? Maybe it should be viewed as a challenge, not a technical challenge but an organisational one. With my own limited understanding of website mechanics I could never hope to implement an alternative but maybe someone else could. All it would take is a dark market where the admins and management have no access to customers and vendors funds. Maybe even a non-profit dark market? Or is that too revolutionary for this sector of society?

Whatever the outcome I believe Dark Markets will continue to evolve and confound the governments that try to control them, power is slowly leaking back to the people and Dark Markets are on the front line of this conflict.

When all substances are legalised it will be a happy day, part of the human experience will be re-integrated but it will also be a sad time because a whole subculture of resistance will be erased. That time is not now though, there’s a lot of war between now and then.

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10 comments

  1. Interesting article. I always considered the dark net as a revolutionary force against the machine. It’s really the future and i don’t think they can ever stop it. All Power To The People =)

  2. Fibonaccibullbearishlongslumpspikeshortinversederivatives

    The ” War On Drugs ” is unwinnable. ” Drugs ” is / are a nebulous enemy. The phrase is mere propoganda to promote varying agendas.

    If darkmarkets are to evolve they must decentralize. It must take the form of peer networking.

  3. Excellent read. I really enjoyed that :) When you mentioned your Tor, PGP, and any btc cleaner, I was totally like “I know right!” I know EXACTLY the feeling!

    Above all, your article really sums up the actual conflict that is happening today and is likely going to increase in the coming months/years/whatever. And it’s, hopefully, a peaceful revolution, at least from our side. “We have the tech”, so true. With it, we the people are making a stand against a corrupt system poisoning the minds of the children and intent on destroying the planet. With every transaction done outside the peeping tom eyes of Uncle Sam, with every mind expanded, with every act of violence prevented from taking business off of the streets, we are using our weapons. And I think your article said that really well, much better than I have!

    What motivated me to comment was the ending because I thought you were totally going to lead into the idea of decentralizing the markets. I totally saw your logic heading in that direction, but then you didn’t and I was super surprised! But you went in a totally new, to me, way.

    I’ve never devoted any brainpower to taking the idea of centralized markets any further than they exist today. Simply because the idea of centralization at the scale at which dnms operate tends to test the moral character of the admins involved. It onlu makes that “test” more difficult that the teams are usually very small. I think what you have presented is an interesting concept, though, and will meditate on it further.

    FWIW, there exists a functional model of a decentralized marketplace built around bitcoin. It’s called OpenBazaar, and I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard about it.

    If you want more information (I doubt I can post links here without blowing up the internet or something), email me. Speaking of which, if you’re interested, I’d love to chat with you about your ideas and book. My email should pop up above my comment, but it’s three at all ur base dot net.

    Take care, comrade
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  4. I can tell you from firsthand experience that the Drugs are more potent, Cheaper, and easier to find than ever before. If the war was being won than they would be the opposite of what’s going on.
    Read a fact that only 11% of people locked up for drug charges are high level traffickers.
    Alcohol causes way more carnage than all hard drugs combined but it’s socially accepted. Same with cigarettes.
    People will do drugs whether they are illegal or not.. Might as well take a different approach than this Failed 1.

  5. Five to one, baby, one in five
    No one here gets out alive now
    You get yours, baby, I’ll get mine
    Gonna make it, baby, if we try

    The old get old and the young gets stronger
    May take a week and it may take longer
    They got the guns but we got the numbers
    Gonna win, yeah, we’re takin’ over, come on!

  6. Of course “the war on drugs” is an unwinnable conflict fueled by social stigmas and hidden power agendas. But the most unfortunate part is that its unwinnable for us as well.. If all drugs were legalized they would be simply regulated and taxed out the ass well under way more control of the government than they are now. Unless its allowed to be an under the table legal industry where it is only illegal to sell in stores no commercials etc. perhaps that would be desirable for both sides but i doubt we will ever see that. The fact is the government would actually win the “war” if they legalized drugs otherwise though it is an ongoing conflict without any forseeable resolution because we do not make them bleed they hurt us and we take the pain and keep doing what we’re doing to show them they cant stop us but they dont care now its just an industry for them as well fueling their court system with capital. Their must be an action that we must take or even with the path we are on and the advancements we makes it is all for naught in the end. Thats what you should really be thinking about. What hidden path can take us to the only desirable resolution i stated above? Where it is legal for us to do as we choose with these substances but they arent under the complete control of a government that has literally made them an enemy.

  7. when oil runs low enough, the powers who rule, will authorize the legalization of currently banned substances, piecemeal…

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