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Funzing Talks | The War on Drugs Has Failed

Funzing Talks | The War on Drugs Has Failed

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  • 150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Suitable for: Adults
Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's Security Service, MI5, in the 1990s, before resigning to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the Br... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:

The “War on Drugs” has failed – time for a reboot.

Former undercover cop, Neil Woods, and former MI5 intelligence officer, Annie Machon, will give their professional perspectives on this issue and discuss the way forward.

Since the inception of the “war on drugs” almost 50 years ago, we have repeatedly been promised a “drug free world”. As recently as 2012, the UN re-ratified all its drug prohibition treaties in the hope that toughening up would produce the desired result. But as Albert Einstein may have said:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

So how has the war on drugs fared – has doing the same thing over and over again resulted in victory? The answer is simply a resounding no.

Illegal drugs are more prolific, more potent, and cheaper than ever before. Whole regions of the world have been destabilised, governments subverted, terrorist organisations funded, and broken banks have maintained liquidity though drug money laundering.

At a human level millions have been murdered, criminalised and imprisoned, and local communities victimised in this failed war. In the West, ethnic minorities have been disproportionately targeted.

Venue: 93 Feet East, Brick Lane

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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Funzing Talks is a new concept which aims to re-invent your after work drinks. We've pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a Funzing Talks event makes the perfect after work activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it may lead you!

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The “War on Drugs” has failed – time for a reboot. Former undercover cop, Neil Woods, and former MI5 intelligence officer, Annie Machon, will give their professional perspectives on this issue and discuss the way forward. Since the inception... Read More
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