|Yeah, guys like Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez just SCREAM|
honest businessman . . .
Many scoffed at me, thinking that the forces of free-market capitalism would prevail and coerce the cartels into playing fair and nice because it would be more profitable. I think someone made the point that it would be more difficult for them to be all illicit because of increased government oversight and regulation and what not.
I thought to myself, "well I guess it makes some sort of sense. Why be violent when you can do business in the light of day and turn a profit?"
Actually, it's the very capitalistic notion of competition that would keep things unchanged. Let's take something like crystal meth for example. It's something that anyone can make in their own home. Pharmaceutical companies could make some seriously pure shit easily, sell it, and make a profit. How do you think a cartel would respond to that sudden intrusion on their territory?
If you have heard anything about the Zetas down in Mexico, you would easily see how they handle competition. Just the other day, Zeta gunmen unloaded 35 murdered bodies onto a Mexican highway, blocking traffic. How many of those guys do you think were caught? So far, zero. And it's not like the police and Mexican army don't know who to go after. Sure they get some of the high level guys, but is that really stopping them?
And what would government regulation really do to stop them from killing people to remove their competition? I mean, right now they face the full force of government regulation. A lot of these guys are wanted DOA, so what difference would it really make?
"Well, Jack, their product would be banned on the markets if their business practices are illegal." Yeah, just like it's banned on the market right now? Do you really think bombing factories and slaughtering workers would be beneath the cartels? They have no problem throwing severed heads into water fountains in broad day light, and you think the forces of capitalism are somehow going to make them toe the line?
The people involved in the drug trade are monsters. If drugs are legalized, they're not going to start coming out of the woodwork and into the sunlight just to start legitimate businesses. They know that if they did, they'd be arrested and likely executed for all the horror they have wrought. If drugs are legalized, the cartel people will stay underground and increase the brutality and scale of their crimes in order to scare off anyone from encroaching on their business.
Afterall, if they were reasonable men to begin with, they wouldn't treat mass murder as a legitimate business practice.