Addicts To Easy Money, Violence & Terrorism - Introduction
Few citizens feel they are addicts or enablers. But I ask you to be sensitive to the many small acts, which contribute to systemic error and societal death. These acts push organized crime participants and addicts to easy money. Each type citizen is free to fleece the public, to rob humanity and to disable democracies. Let’s work together to prevent rather than enable such thievery. We must not accept the clueless CEO’s defense or the President’s spin as a meaningful way to rebuild what the greedy on our world scene have destroyed. Every one of us must be concerned or, our children, our friends and neighbors will pay great costs, for instance three trillion dollars for an unnecessary war.
Let’s trace disruptive behaviors and character aberrations that hurt billions of lives and stem troubles perpetrated against individuals, groups and humanity. I submit violence-prone terrorists, easy-money addicts, organized crime members, traffickers and corrupt corporate functionaries and their enablers can be curbed via clearly managed prevention strategies, even 12-step self-help groups. Beyond prevention tactics, persons who obsess and oppress humankind and those who lust after easy money must be confronted, heard, treated, rehabilitated and re-educated on a case-by-case basis. Rather than be doorsteps for manipulators, I urge we must 1) unite to weed out this menace, 2) demand honest interpersonal relations and 3) take actions that revitalizes and sustains genuine democracies. When feasible let us use restraint in the face of those who express hate and let us foster harmony rather than lash out with brute force or arrogance. Rather than play games or fear and smear tactics to put others down, best we exercise democratic living strategies. Fostering healthy respect for ourselves and others stimulates freedom and trust needed for reducing the sicknesses found behind violence, terrorism and drug use all of which the US society needs to deal with better. It’s true, "bullets breed bullets, and violence breeds violence." Three hundred fifty (350) Guatemalans lost their lives to violence in the month of January 2006; so says their Civil National Police (PNC) report to Guatemala President Oscar Berger.
Many say addicts and their enablers can be
treated or rehabilitated with hard labor, psychotherapy, self-help
and/or behavioral reorientation. (Red China, 1950; 2001; Potter-Efron & Potter-Efron,
Reid, 1989; Decker, 1999; Blum & Payne, 1991; Ashenberg
Straussner, 1993.) Fewer say this about
their enablers. But by the 1960s,
As economies worldwide grow year after year, many easy money addicts wager to “play the game”. On Wall Street some believe greed is a growth motive. Yet history is full of financial wreckages, hurt and violence created by the lure of easy money. To accommodate solutions, this book advances Koym’s work on greed dependencies (Ibid, 1994; 1986; 2003) and identifies activities of money launderers, drug cartels, terrorists, organized criminals and other easy money seekers. Systematic redirection of addicts in socially useful directions as found herein, offer greater practicalities than socio-biologist mean-gene approaches. Those that wrong humankind through criminal acts must be brought under the rules of law or have their fangs removed. Perpetrators (including the 22 most-wanted terrorists) must be asked to justify their actions, preferably within cultures they represent. As such the principal enablers also come under trial.
January 2003, Brazilian President Luiz
Ignacio Lula da Silva initiated massive
anti-hunger campaigns in his
“It will not be through military means that we put an end to terrorism or drug trafficking either. We are going to face this with a lot more weight once we attack the key problem, which is poverty in the world.”
Mental health, sociological and political science professionals can:
Achieving the foregoing goals in the spirit
by the Dalai Lama (See “Ethics for the New Millenium”
Pino Arlacchi, former Undersecretary of the U.N. Office of Drug Control and Organized Crime Program, argues since immense amounts of money are involved, money seekers “…merely shift emphasis and keep producing violence to stay in control.” He says the law of supply and demand will reduce the number of drug users. (Ibid, November 1, 1999.) Yet US voters in eight states legalized the use of marijuana, asking for leniencies in the laws. [See Chapter 3, page 67 and 69.]
A major imbalance exists between cultures, hyper capitalism and ecommerce as found in affluent and poor countries. Jeremy Rifkin (Ibid 2000) urges an age of access calls for every living experience to be paid up front. Perhaps as he says internet changed the way business is done, but Rifkin’s ideas fail to give humankind equal footing. The poor remain under the thumbs of the powerful. Few poor touch a computer. Even fewer truly benefit from advances brought forth by the advent of internet or ecommerce. Economies far and wide permit easy money cravers to victimize or control others. They leave more than 5.5 billion people in the second and third world far behind. Billions who earn less than a dollar a day are separated further and further. Oft, those poor with deep needs abandon their culture in the attempt to keep pace. This abandonment removes much-needed support systems. It sets more up to become addicted. Little by little the fertile turfs those prospects provide “easy marks” and grow more and more new addictions.
Ironically Jack Welch, GE’s business
builder, released the book Jack, Straight from the gut on
What Is Forthcoming?
Chapter I provides an overview describing where, when and how easy money addicts become dominant players on the local, state, national and world scenes. Too often average citizens become fighting mad. They obsess as they find fault on the part of foreigners. Chapter II, the centerpiece of this book, urges that mental health and police professionals to be better acquainted. I believe mental health leaders must provide more socio-psycho-legal-culturally inclusive understanding about human nature and forge a plan addressing the global context. As such they must guide the adoption of home grown rules of law in country after country. (See the objectives enunciated by psychologist James Ogloff. (Ibid, 2000.) He urges the foundation for any law should be found in mental health. Chapter II helps readers to conceptualize organized crime behavior as an easy money addiction in psychological terms. It also helps leaders to appreciate how to classify easy money addicts so they may be treated and rehabilitated and/or how the harm and violence they create may be preventable. These chapters move us away from punishment heavy approaches.
Chapter III asks are the pursuits of
economic might, violence or terrorism addictive and asks if large
corporations and insurance companies, especially those who choose not
explain how they derived large incomes, stir free of corruption.
sources in the
Chapter IV reviews the lure of easy money, greed and smuggling; it urges all readers have been deeply affected for centuries by addicts to easy money. Trafficking in human beings has occurred for centuries and no laws oppose the same in five countries. Rachel Ehrenfeld (1990) says “Money from drug smuggling supports terrorists. Terrorists provide assistance to drug traffickers.” (Ibid p xxii.)
Chapter V warns against the use of brute force as pushed by big brother bigotry. (See Richard Hass, 1999, a full-page declaration in the Mural newspaper.) Contrary to Hass’s trigger-happiness, urging intervention in local politics, the International Society for Ecological Economics asks for congruence-seeking forums. They foster sustainability development achieved by localization or internationalization, not overkill.
Chapter VI calls on an appreciation of myths, principles and logic as timeless truths that buttress peace and coexistence. A more learned look over time at what lives on and on, reveals better ways to overcome daily problems. A dire need exists to draw upon strengths found in older cultures rather than bash them hard on the presumption “American might can beat the hell out of anyone that crosses it.” If strengths of myths are allowed to flow, marvelous returns may be expected. But once negative images are planted, they rein for indefinite periods of time.
In Chapter 7, I urge that the push be put on localization and off of globalization so more free enterprise is possible. Rather than polarize nations, the World Bank’s former chief economist, now Columbia University Professor Joseph Stiglitz says localization schemes help self-identified target countries to build from within rather than selling out to be globally run. The idea is to grow resolute co-leaders and followers not enablers. Less trampling on other’s cultures and sovereignties also reduces the desire to immigrate.
Chapter 8 discusses why drug control and
immigration policies should not overlap. Koym (Ibid, 2000; 2001), Tram
(2005) and David Bacon agree on this. (Ibid,
“It’s ironic [that] our political climate removes welfare and social benefits in the name of the work ethic, then punishes the undocumented for the crime of working.”
In fact, ill-founded policies and coercive practices force foreigners to stop in their tracks and some may even turn to incomes that come from narco trafficking or organized crime.
Chapter 9 urges peacekeeping remedies,
community policing and democratization provide meaningful routes for
redirecting addicts, enablers and terrorists. It takes issue with
who protect corporate entities that partner with traffickers; it urges
international tribunals be convened in countries where drug lords and
terrorists live, and for the implementation of multi-lateral
mechanisms to replace annual
Chapter 10 urges that sustainable development be cultivated on a local basis with free trade. One enhances the other and truer transfers of wealth may follow. Massive numbers of people believe in the common good of humankind; they buttress poor people who are forced by economics to grow plants from which drugs can be made; thus, much better remedies are needed.
Chapter 11 presents a dialogue between the poor who seed and cultivate drug producing plants and affluent users who bear grave hurt and vice versa. More need face-to-face interactions that deal with the hurts communicated. Dialogue between both groups can preserve humanity if both groups elect not to be a part of the menace created by the excessive availability of drugs.
In Chapter 12, you see the drawbacks of using toxic poisons to kill plants. Poorly designed drug-reduction methods stress the environment unsuccessfully. The use of them outweighs benefits. Why? Poisons remain around a long time. Then they harm wild life, humans and other species for decades. Biological controls are feasible but scientific support must be advanced.
The closing chapters call for long-term
research and greater patience on the part of affluent nations. Chapter
focuses on proactive methods, which prevent pessimistic outcomes. Use
sustainability development gives people the option to maintain and
cultures to their original stamina. And, Chapter 14 targets terrorists
easy money addicts and empire growers and it cautions against giving
executive unlimited powers either in the time or war or peace. I
humanitarian outcomes, reduced indices of organized crime and increased
on peacekeeping. I urge that the
Who are some easy money addicts? Makers of
medicine, computers, war materials, autos and an endless list (like the
of Worldcom, Microsoft, Enron, Hughes
Tools, GE, Glaxco Pharmaceuticals,
Exxon-Mobil, Texaco and Dow
Chemical) fit the description. Should Ken Lay, Jeff Skillings
or any easy money addict like them get off using a “Clueless CEO
book on greed is not an attack on US ingenuity or its way of life.
asks us to observe how our obsessions are shortening the period of time
I argue there are probably a mere 40 years is required for
the four billion poor from 3rd world countries to rise up and knock the
As a whole this essay and my book asks, do we want to enable the addicts to easy money around the world to dominate us as the pot is stirred with violence and terror? The author asks you to observe the relatedness between routine money grubbing economic and business practices, organized crime, their cousin greed and addicts to easy money. This includes enabling done by war mongers, like George W. Bush, who has spent more money in his administration on big defense contracts, plainly enabling paranoia. Certainly it is time for a significant force of questioners to form coalitions with professionals, laypersons and international leaders who question cavalier attitudes about wild spending and ask for remedies. A need exists to hammer out mechanisms that prevent, treat and rehabilitate addicts to easy money and their enablers, so a better world may be enjoyed.
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