We Sell Drugs: The Alchemy of US Empire (American - download pdf or read online


By Suzanna Reiss

ISBN-10: 0520959027

ISBN-13: 9780520959026

This heritage of US-led foreign drug keep watch over presents new views at the fiscal, ideological, and political foundations of a chilly warfare American empire. US officers assumed the helm of overseas drug keep an eye on after international battle II at a second of exceptional geopolitical impact embodied within the turning out to be monetary clout of its pharmaceutical industry.

We promote medications is a examine grounded within the transnational geography and political financial system of the coca-leaf and coca-derived commodities marketplace stretching from Peru and Bolivia into the USA. greater than a slim biography of 1 well-known plant and its both recognized spinoff products—Coca-Cola and cocaine—this booklet situates those commodities in the better panorama of drug construction and intake. interpreting efforts to regulate the circuits during which coca traveled, Suzanna Reiss presents a geographic and criminal foundation for contemplating the old building of designations of legality and illegality.

The booklet additionally argues that the criminal prestige of any given drug is essentially premised on who grew, synthetic, allotted, and fed on it and never at the traits of the drug itself. Drug keep an eye on is a strong instrument for ordering foreign exchange, nationwide economies, and society’s conduct and day-by-day lives.

In a ancient panorama lively by way of struggles over political economic system, nationwide autonomy, hegemony, and racial equality, We promote medications insists at the socio-historical underpinnings of designations of legality to discover how drug keep an eye on turned an immense weapon in announcing regulate of family and foreign affairs.

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In the Andes the mining industry constituted the largest “consumer” market for pharmaceuticals and doctors working for the “large mining companies” continued, despite economic warfare 38 | “The Drug Arsenal of the Civilized World” proscriptions, to place orders with German pharmaceutical manufacturers. 79 Thus, the BEW pursued two primary goals: weaken the enemy’s strategic materials arsenal and financial power, and reorient “Latin America’s economic activity . . ” Between 1941 and 1945 the “Proclaimed List of Certain Blocked Nationals” was compiled and US firms and citizens were prohibited from doing business with those listed.

50 The collaboration between the United States and companies supplying American troops on the battlefront was accompanied by an equally striking government program to capitalize on wartime disruptions in neutral countries far from the battlefront. Nowhere was this more apparent than in US efforts to promote the expansion of its pharmaceutical industries into Latin America. wartime market disruptions The war-wrought transformations in the circulation and flow of raw materials destined for North American and European pharmaceutical manufacturers produced fundamental disruptions in the flow of finished drugs.

Outside the Andes, coca leaves grown on colonial plantations in the Pacific were the primary source of supply for all major drug manufacturing countries except the United States, namely Germany, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom. Japanese cultivation of coca leaves on colonial plantations in Formosa (Taiwan), Okinawa, and Iwo Jima supplied that nation’s pharmaceutical industry. Dutch-controlled Java, Borneo, and Sumatra furnished the bulk of coca leaves imported by European manufacturers (along with limited quantities to the United States).

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