History Professor Alfred McCoy produced The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia in 1972. The CIA interfered with the book’s publication but its condemnation of American complicity in the drug trade is accepted as accurate and reliable.
Dr. McCoy appeared with Jeremy Scahill on the March 7 edition of Intercepted Podcast. I found their wide ranging discussion informative, shocking and alarming. One statement by McCoy particularly caught my attention:
From 1930 to 1980, for 50 years, one figure didn’t change in American public life, from depression through the boom years of Eisenhower, we had a 100 prisoners per 100,000. Today, we have 700 per 100,000.
The Intercepted segment with Dr. McCoy, linked above in the second paragraph, starts at about 7:40 but I urge you to listen to all of the podcast. Here is a small piece: