A Comparison between Drug Policy as Social Control by Noam Chomsky and Crito by Plato

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Nicolas Beltran
English 101 /Ms.Jackson
March 13 2012

While reading “Drug Policy as Social Control” by Noam Chomsky and “Crito” by Plato I noticed a similarity between the two. People in higher power have ways of stabilizing populations. The government is customized to make people fail and the less fortunate are targeted. The inequalities of the government aren’t dealt with but they surely do exist. Law’s are strictly enforced to populations where mostly black males live and populations where crime rates are high. Not all people have to deal with the law the same way due to social class. The government has it’s own way of controlling people who are thought to be dangerous.

How does the government control people? The government is able to put fear in the hearts of people. Governments have tried to take away programs which help people who are struggling. People worry about public assistance such as welfare because they need it and the government uses the poor populations weakness to their advantage. The government has it’s own way of silencing people who they feel might be a threat to people in higher power like Socrates. Socrates from “Crito” had information that might have endangered the government. That is the main reason why he was sentenced to prison. Both Socrates and Martin Luther King served time in jail. Neither of them were a threat to their communities. They were wise men who both were the voice of their community’s. The government seen them as dangerous so they were killed. This is why I believe the governments selected method of keeping things stabilized is unfair to the thought to be dangerous population.

Countries are unfair when it comes to giving everyone equal rights. There are people who are superior to the law. Did you notice not one sentence in “Drug Policy as Social Control” said anything about targeted rich or white people ? I wonder why no upper class people are being arrested. No one is perfect and we know the...
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