São Paulo Brazil to Begin Involuntary Commitment of Adult Crack Addicts

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  1. Forced (involuntary is a euphemism this act does not deserve) commitment has a terrible history. Traditionally, no matter what excuses are offered when it is instituted, it becomes a tool for state repression. It won’t only be used on crack addicts — what you’ll see is the police (and others) simply planting crack on any undesirable they want to see locked away (or people they want to abuse), and then the rest of the system will sign off on it with no questions asks.

    That’s how it was used here: to lock up protestors, to silence political opponents, to provide unscrupulous psychiatrists a steady stream of victims to abuse (either for their own gratification or for experimentation), and to provide slave labor. People didn’t suddenly become ‘better’ in the last thirty years, and the governments of this world are certainly no less corrupt. Anyone who proposes such a thing deserves to have their motivations both questioned and scrutinized.

    Rules like this are never restricted to actual addicts. They apply to everyone a state claims to be an addict.

  2. Gotta clean up for all the nice white people coming in 2014 and 2016!

    Also, if the Brazilian government worked more on the community issues that exasceparete drug addiction and the negative impacts (income inequality, poverty in general, racism, access to jobs) the crack lands wouldn’t be so large. I love my people, but there’s a lot of conversations we need to have with ourselves before we can actually become world examples.

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