Franklin County, KY – One of the major failings of the black market is the fact that entrepreneurs in the underground economy don’t stick together, and that they will easily turn on one another, and even use violence if they happen to have disagreements.
Despite the fact that these people have a common enemy in the police and the government, they will regularly fight amongst themselves.
This dynamic came to light recently in Franklin County, Kentucky when the local sheriff asked nearby drug vendors to snitch on their competition. Although the flyer posted to facebook was answered with laughter, jokes, and ridicule, the plan actually worked, and a number of local black market workers turned in their rivals.
The post was seen by hip-hop artist Ludacris, who reposted it to his Instagram page as a joke. After the post went viral, the police responded to his post by saying, “Ludacris you say? Arrests have been made as a result of information received, Stay tuned……..”
Later, sheriff, Pat Melton, told the New York Times that “Everything proceeded pretty rapidly on it. Asking drug dealers to turn in other drug dealers. It’s comical, and it’s working.”
If you are a snitch, the police are laughing at you because you are actively contributing to your own oppression, even if you don’t realize it. The police may be losing the drug war at this point, but they would have lost a long time ago if the people who they were throwing in cages for victimless crimes would actually stick together and expose the immoral war on drugs instead of fighting amongst themselves.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.