Tim Bornholdt

Legalize It All

John Ehrlichman, the co-conspirator behind Watergate:

"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."

Criminey. I didn't even make it past the first two paragraphs before thinking this article was an instant share, just for that quote alone.