Contingent to this question is whether or not our legislators feel any sort of moral approbation for perpetuating a trade system predicated on violence. At least, this is what my mind turns to whenever I ask a question similar to yours. As members of a democratic republic, we are entitled to vote for the election of our legislators. To the extent that, as a culture, Americans are willing (and, in some cases, more than happy) to elect officials who continue to write and enforce laws that perpetuate this violence, to what extent should we feel a similar guilt? Of course, as consumers, we also 'vote w/ our dollars' (which I gather is the focus of your question). I would have to guess that the reason we allow this violence is because it does not affect us into action. Slightly syllogistic, I suppose, but such is my want. The victims of drug-related violence are by in large the impoverished minorities of our country. Most voting Americans are unaffected by the laws perpetuating their misery for two reasons: 1) they don't know anyone who has been murdered as a result of these laws; and 2) they don't buy drugs. So, should those voters who buy drugs feel the same, or a slightly greater, moral approbation for perpetuating a trade of violence than otherwise similarly situated voting taxpayers (given that, theoretically, these individuals perpetuate the system in a comparatively larger way)? Perhaps. If you were to answer affirmatively, I suppose I'd have to ask you: "Why?" I'm not quite sure myself.
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12/11/10 at 9:43pm