In an interview to disinformation the great Robert Anton Wilson:‘There are two kinds of crimes. Crimes which everybody agrees are a crime, that’s crimes with victims. If I get mugged or burglarized or somebody in my family gets hurt or killed I want the police tod o something about it and I’m eager to cooperate with them and so is everybody else of a sound and rational mind. We don’t want burglars and thieves and muggers and murders running around loose. On the other hand, when you’re trying to control victimless crime, nobody is very eager to help the police.
People who are smoking pot aren’t eager to turn themselves in and their friends aren’t eager to turn them in, either, in most cases. The whores don’t want to turn in the Johns; the Johns don’t want to turn in the whores. The gamblers don’t wnat to turn in the bettors; the bettors don’t want to turn in the bookies and so on. Nobody wants to do anything about victimless crimes, meaning things that people do consensually that they want to do and that they’re enjoying doing and there’s no victim to be found anywhere. So nobody wnats to help the police, ergo, the only way you can wage a war against sin –which is want these victimless criimes laws are all about– the only way you can wage a war like that is by spying on everybody more and more, creating the apparatus of a totalitarian state, which means higher and higher taxes. This is why so many conservatives lately are coming out in favor of ending the war on drugs: it’s getting so goddamned expensive.
The only way the goverment has any chance at all of winning is to establish a totalitarianism wackier and more total than Orwell’s 1984. We’ve already got the ‘Piss Police’ which is something that Orwell dind’t even dream of. Even Franz Kafka couldn’t imagine a society so crazy that you have to give urine samples before you can hold a job! There’s no way of winning without totalitarianism far beyond anything ever practiced by Hitler or Stalin or imagined by the wildest satirist. That’s the only way they can win. And that costs too damned much money. The people who are running it, they’re not trying to win. They know they can’t win; they just want to keep the war going because it makes money for everyone.
It’s a wonderful excuse to increase police power and surveillance so that they know everything that we’re doing so that nobody can be plotting subversion of any sort without them knowing about it. Like the old joke goes, ‘When four men sit down to plot against the goverment, three of them are goverment agents and the fourth is a damned fool’. Well that’s getting more and more true all the time. The war on drugs is an excuse for more surveillance. They’re scared stiff of us. They’re more afraid of us than we are of them’.