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Silk Road 2 Is Symbolic of the Entire Drug War

Hercules and the Hydra byAntonio del Pollaiolo

Last month with great fanfare federal authorities took down Silk Road, some times called the eBay of drugs, and arrested its founder Ross Ulbricht aka Dread Pirate Roberts. One month later the site has already been replaced with new version. From CNN:

Silk Road 2.0 emerged Wednesday alongside a number of other sites offering similar services.

The new Silk Road, like the original, offers everything from prescription medication to heroin.

“Silk Road is back up,” a Twitter user who appears to be the owner of the new site tweeted. “Deja vu anyone? #weriseagain.” The new Silk Road owner also took on the pseudonym of former leader Ross Ulbricht, Dread Pirate Roberts.

According to a former Silk Road user, the site was rebuilt by most of the major players who were heavily involved in day-to-day operations of the former site.

This is a perfect example of how the drug war worked for the last several decades. When the police arrest a dealer it does not stop drugs from being sold, it simply creates an opening for a replacement.

When a cartel kingpin is capture what almost always happens is a blood struggle followed by a new kingpin emerging. Efforts to stop drugs coming in through Miami just shifted snuggling over to the Mexican-American border. When an effort was made to crack down on cocaine growth in the mountains of Colombia, it just ended up pushing more cultivation to Peru and into other parts of the Amazon.

The “war” aspect of the war on drugs doesn’t stop drugs it just shifts around the players, with a lot of collateral damage. Since the drug war began drugs have become cheaper and purer.

It is the hydra, whenever one head is cut off a new one grows in its place.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at