American drug addiction, Soviet style

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by Wendy McElroy

08/30/10

A factor that drove the explosion of drug use in the last decades of the 20th century was the return of veterans from the Vietnam War — from the Golden Triangle region, equally notorious for drug production Drugs in Vietnam were plentiful and commonly used by American soldiers who faced many of the same stresses as those currently in Afghanistan or Iraq. Many Vietnam vets returned with drug addictions or, at the very least, a far more casual view of drug use than when they departed. Arguably, the situation with soldiers now returning will be considerably worse for several reasons...

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A culture of fear

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan M. Finegold Catalan

08/30/10

Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, Soviet foreign spokesman Gennadi Gerasimov warned the United States, ‘We have done the most terrible thing to you that we could possibly have done. We have deprived you of an enemy.’ For nearly half a century, the elusive threat posed by the Soviet Union formed the basis of American foreign and domestic policy. Much of the United States’ political and economic development was in fact a product of the government’s exploitation of a supposed Soviet menace...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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