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Breaking the taboo – movie review

December 13, 2012
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Ah, the war on drugs. The idea that you can create a happy, wonderful, drug-free world where people only tolerate the “acceptable” drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. The idea that you can eliminate all the other “bad” drugs by using as much violence as possible. The idea that if someone happens to have a serious drug problem, the best approach means a long stay at their friendly neighborhood maximum security prison, and a permanent criminal record.

I just finished watching Breaking the Taboo, the latest documentary bringing the catastrophic failures of the international war on drugs even more into the spotlight. The absurdity of the war on drugs has been building up for decades, and it’s finally reaching a boiling point. Just this past November, Washington state and Colorado voters decided to legalized cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol via ballot initiative and pave the way to end this disaster. Breaking the Taboo couldn’t have come at a better time for anyone that’s been living under a rock and wants to know what the true cost of prohibition.

The documentary features appearances from some big name speakers including former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Both former presidents acknowledged the policies they supported at the time were not successful in reducing drug availability or use.

“If all you do is try and find a police or military solution to the problem, a lot of people die and it doesn’t solve the problem” -Bill Clinton

Although Breaking the Taboo is a rather dense and somewhat overwhelming issue at hand, the smooth and elegant narrative voice of reason emanating from the Oscar award winning actor Morgan Freeman is sure to break everything down for you in a way unlike any other. The film covers pretty much every conceivable reason the war on drugs is a complete and utter failure. Many of the points the film makes aren’t even new. The entire point of Breaking the Taboo is to do just what the title says, break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years.

The film premiered December 7th, and not in select theaters like you would typically think. The crew decided to publish the film to YouTube for the world to view completely free of charge. They believe the non-establishment message will have more profound impact by being distributed in a more unconventional way. They are staying true to their words when they say they want to break the taboo. Surely releasing this film on YouTube for free with no restrictions means anyone can watch it and see for themselves what the war on drugs is really about.

You can watch the entire documentary for free on YouTube

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