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The truth behind America’s longest war – More evidence that the War on Drugs is just a cover for problems shaped by political laws that benefit the wealthy. The House I Live In (2012) examines essential aspects of America’s unwinnable war by questioning the effectiveness of drug laws and why they began, and by looking at their larger impact on the police and the public. Director Eugene Jarecki exposes the truth behind the country’s corrupt system.
Why this doc is worth watching: To understand that the War on Drugs has never been about drugs. To see that those who are thrown in prison for drug possession are merely at the bottom of the economic food-chain within a corrupted system. Does a five+ years prison sentence for 3oz of meth seem ridiculous? This doc shows us why the system needs to change, starting with the elimination of mandatory minimum sentencing. As citizens, we can’t continue supporting this vicious cycle of arrest quotas and questionable police actions. This film emphasizes the need to deal with the whole picture and focus on prevention. The pain of others is never eased by closing one’s eyes, and as citizens, awareness is a necessary precursor to demanding changes for the benefit of both our youth and our economy.
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Essentially useless: “Since 1971, the War on Drugs has cost over $1 trillion and resulted in more than 45 million arrests. During that time, illegal drug use has remained unchanged”.
Vicious cycle: “The drug war has become about killing off the poor and locking them up”. With no education and treatment programs set up in prison, and no prospects outside of prison, as soon as convicted addicts are released, they end up right back on the streets where they started. The only bigger myth than The American Dream which guarantees that everyone can ‘make it’ if they work hard enough – is the premise that in America, there is equal justice for the poor.
Memorable quote: “The drug war is a holocaust in slow motion – it’s the incredible destruction of human race that is class-based”.
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