Mexico’s Drug War is Vietnam 60 Years Later

I have been looking for a book I used a long time ago as a first-year graduate student at the University of Oregon. It was a philosophical treatise, not light reading, titled “Explanation”, used by Professor Joseph G. Jorgensen in his anthropological methods course.

I bring it up because the book is one of the few works I know that specifies what kinds of evidence lead to understanding.

There are intention, rational, psychological, historical, and of course —the purpose of the course —empirical explanations, using the scientific method.

The most developed empirical methods in the social sciences were those applied in economics. Anthropology, the most humanistic of the social sciences, also weighed in, even with small-sample statistics.

We were studying this at a beautiful bucolic campus in the late 1960s. Some street corners, elsewhere in the nation, were burning and fiery rhetoric ignited disenchanted groups.

Bystanders became increasingly caught up at the instability of the world stage that came close to home when the Vietnam War escalated. People were told the war would end soon but were not telling them about the secret war in Cambodia and Laos and anti-insurgency in Thailand.

A number of graduate students in my class were drafted. Some volunteered, some fled, some refused.

I look for the book today to learn again the difference between explanation and understanding.

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  1. Anonymous on

    America, land of the fee.
    Home of the slave.

  2. malcolm kyle on

    Reports that show Prohibition has failed:

    The Global Commission on Drug Policy:?

    Reports that show alternative approaches of decriminalization and regulation are working:?

    What we can learn from The Portuguese Decriminalization of All Illicit Drugs:?

    General report on drug law reform in practice:?

    Prohibition by Numbers:?

    Final Report of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy – “Break the Silence and Open A Debate”:?

    Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies:

    Transform’s outstanding (free) book titled, “After The War On Drugs : Blueprints for Regulation” – provides specific proposals on how various drugs can be regulated in the real world:

  3. gutrod on

    America wants war. America needs war. As long as the majority of casualties of their dirty drug war are Mexicans, the war will continue. Most Americans couldn’t care less. Just look at the history. Marijuana laws were designed to harass non whites. America is far from free. If it were they would free Marc Emery from his politically motivated prison sentence. Good will conquer Evil eventually.