Tuesday 25 April 2017

Tax the rich and get the poor off drugs

I REFER to Kevin Myers' column on Gerry Ryan and drug abuse in Ireland (Irish Independent, December 15). Marx said, "All history is the history of class struggle". I say, all drug abuse in Ireland is defined by class struggle.

As Mr Myers illustrated, those among Ireland's upper and middle classes contribute to the woe of those who cannot afford to fool around with cocaine. By buying the products of a black market dealer, they are funding an oppressive underworld that keeps the lowest in Ireland's social pyramid chained down in a cycle that begins with poverty and leads to a lack of social opportunities.

This in turn leads to either dabbling in drugs as an escape, which can only lead back to poverty and on to addiction, or to selling drugs, which reinforces the poverty of others.

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