The Dark State

by Adrian Avramescu on March 29, 2017

 

Summary.

We know for sure that:

– Western countries have organized drug trafficking in the past;

– there is a strong drug industry existing;

– there are no individuals who have illicit assets comparable to the huge profits generated by the drug industry.

The only logical conclusion is that, largely, the profits from the drug industry do not end up in private hands, but the Western states have never ceased organizing the drug trafficking.

The Dark State

Drug trafficking is significantly profitable. Recent estimates place the drug industry at around 4,000 billion dollars in turnover [1]. Considering a profit margin of only 25% [2], it means that the drug industry is generating profits of 1,000 billion dollars every year. To put it simply, let’s assume that the global organized crime as a whole generates annual profits of 1,000 billion dollars from illegal activities (drugs, prostitution, traffic of persons, organs, cyberthefts, etc). Summing up these profits year by year, decade by decade, we come to astronomic amounts of tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of billions of dollars. Let’s assume that the cumulated profits over the past 30 years sum up to 30,000 (30×1,000) billion dollars [3]. In order to understand the magnitude of these amounts, we can compare them with the capitalization of all the world’s listed companies, which amounts to around 50,000 billion dollars [4].

It is absurd to believe that people in the organized crime risk their life to make such profits and then they do not spend the money gained. It is absurd and impossible given that the US money supply is around 2,000 billion dollars [5]. Organized crime has definitely changed these profits for something, because, otherwise, there would be no money in circulation around the world. The question is, what has the organized crime changed these profits for? Surprisingly, organized crime has not invested these profits in legal businesses, because it would have been possible for it to buy more than half of all large global businesses. There is no knowledge of a single industry or large company to be financed from illegal money. Organized crime has not invested these profits in properties either (buildings, cars, etc.) because all these are known to the states for tax purposes. Regardless of what they changed these profits for, the question is how it was possible for huge amounts of money to be spent and there is not even one billionaire to have had made a fortune out of illegal activities? The world’s richest persons include no such examples of people enriched from illegal activities.

There are only two single forms of property: private property and public property. If such huge profits cannot be traced back to the world’s private property, this means they were obtained and used by the state. Such profits were spent, year by year, by states and are, thus, not found in any private property around the world.

From a historical point of view:

It is known that Western countries are the ones who used to organize drug trafficking in the past [6]. History tells us what happens when drug trafficking is interrupted. The first opium war [7] and the second opium war show that the British Empire, in order not to lose the huge profits generated from drug sale, is willing to use military force to resume the drug traffic. In 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan had largely stopped drug production [8]. Within only a few months, the Taliban, without funds of billions of dollars, without advanced technology, without satellites, without state-of-the-art surveillance means, had stopped 90% of the drug production. The terrorist attacks of 2001 happened the same year. The person guilty of these attacks had hidden in the same country where drug production was stopped. Over the following year, in 2002, after military intervention, particularly from the US, the drug production had returned to the previous level of 2001, and doubled within 5 years (2006)[9]. Thus, when organized crime received a deadly hit, the US army came to the rescue. The same correlation between military presence and increase of drug production can also be noted in the British army [10].

From an economic point of view:

Assume there is a business generating huge annual profits in the amount of a few hundreds of billions of dollars. We can rank down all global companies in terms of profitability. Within only a few years, the most profitable company can be purchased. Using the initial profit, plus the profit of the company purchased, the following ranked company is purchased. Repeating this algorithm, we can understand that there is only a matter of time until the entire economy is controlled by those who own the initially extremely profitable business. Given that, in reality, this business exists and that is the drug trafficking business, there are two possibilities: either all the rich persons are only puppets in the hands of organized crime, or the rich persons altogether control the organized crime (by means of the state).

A general rule of human society is wealth concentration. Applying this rule to the drug industry, we obtain the following:

– in time, the wealth coming from drugs would be found in the possession of a closed group of individuals whose personal wealth is tens of times higher than that of the richest person on the planet;

– America would be dominated by 2-3 mega criminal groups just like all industries ended up being dominated by a small number of giants.

Both versions fail to correspond with reality. Thus, we either accept that a general rule exceptionally does not apply, or we accept that it applies and there is one single criminal group which monopolized America: the State. Thus, there are no rich persons whose wealth is owed to illegal activities because, largely, the profits do not end up in private hands, but the state takes care that criminal groups are small-sized so as not to create great problems to the society. Profits are made by organizers in transit, between the producing country and the market. Drugs are purchased at a price, so that the producer stays poor, and sold at a price close to the street price, so that the seller is not allowed to get rich.

A suspicious element is the lack of seizures in the amount of billions of dollars. The mass-media relates cases when criminal groups are arrested, but where are the billions of dollars they had made in the meantime and hidden as private assets? The private assets cumulated in time are missing, and seizing such fortune would be truly the sensational part of arresting a criminal group.

From the point of view of national security:

Let’s consider a clandestine group which makes an annual profit of only 1 billion dollars. With this money, an army of 10,000 people trained to sabotage can be supported. With such an army, a country can be destabilized. For such reason alone, a clandestine group is a serious threat to national security. A state will never allow the existence of such groups, because their clandestine nature means their leadership and purpose for which they were created are unknown. Moreover, the state will not allow either the existence of groups making modest profits. A clandestine group which produces only 100 million dollars every year can raise profits within 10 years and then act. For reasons of national security, we can guess that any major criminal group, regardless of its field of operation, is controlled by the state. The state will not allow any organization (or a different state) to conduct any profit-generating activity without the domestic state knowing of its existence. In order to make 1 billion dollars, more than 60,000 customers are required [11]. How can we believe that the state holds intelligence services able to find terrorist cells of only a few individuals and the same state is not capable to find a network serving over 60,000 customers every year?

Conclusion

From all these different points of view, the American State (Western states) is proven to control organized crime.

The illegality of the Western capitalist system where the state and organized crime are intermingled is simply proven by the lack of great private fortunes made out of drug trafficking. Considering that the annual profits obtained by the organized crime are of only 1,000 billion dollars, we have two options: either the individuals making such profits are different from one year to another, or they are changed every large periods of time. In the first case, hundreds of new multi-billionaires in dollars who had made a fortune in illicit ways would appear every year. In the second case, the illicit wealth gathered in time would exceed the legal profits, meaning those who lead the organized crime would be the richest people of the planet [12]. Given that both versions are false, it means that the profits do not end up in private hands, so the Western countries are still organizing drug trafficking as they did in the past.

Postscript:

A possible solution for mankind to be free of wars is to adopt a law by which the state is forbidden to finance wars. Financing wars will be made only by individual persons, who consider it necessary, based on a contract.
The law on liability and individual financing of wars and military operations outside of the national territory.
     1) War financing shall be made exclusively by individuals based on a contract.
     2) The individuals shall be ordered in a decreasing order depending on contributions. For example, the first 1,000 contributors will fight in the first line. Upon their death or injury, the following will take their place.
     3) The war shall only start after the establishment of a damage fund of at least 5 billion dollars. The fund shall be managed by the states opposing to the war.
     4) Regardless of causes, the violent death of a civilian shall be compensated with 1 million dollars, damages paid to the family, relatives. The injury of a civilian shall be compensated with amounts ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 dollars, depending on severity.
     5) Every month, the individuals who finance the war shall pay the costs of the military operations. In addition, they shall pay the medical treatment of injured war veterans for the rest of their life.
     6) The war shall end if the private financing of military operations ceases or after the exhaustion of the damage fund for the victims.
     7) After the end of the war, the army of the attacking state shall withdraw, and the reconstruction of the attacked country shall be handled only by the states which opposed the war.
     8) All the military operations conducted outside of the national territory shall be privately financed. The maintenance of all military equipment not located on the national territory shall be made out of private sources.
The only wars to be financed by states are those which the entire international community agrees with. The law includes no provision related to defense, so the peaceful states have no reasons not to adopt it. As a potential measure, they can specify that they agree with it outside of debatable territories.
The law on liability and individual financing of wars enables the citizens to choose how the money collected from duties and fees by the state is spent. It is not right for the fees paid by a citizen who wants better education, better health, etc., to be used to finance wars.
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This historical moment must not be wasted. Theoretically, the states will accept anything to regain the trust of the citizens. A law forbidding the financing of wars by states is more important than the request for justice to be made.

NOTES

(1) In its 1997 World Drugs Report the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated the value of the market at $4 trillion, ranking drugs alongside arms and oil among the world’s largest traded goods.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/WDR.html

(2) What keeps the drug industry going is its huge profit margins. Producing drugs is a very cheap process. Like any commodities business the closer you are to the source the cheaper the product. Processed cocaine is available in Colombia for $1500 dollars per kilo and sold on the streets of America for as much as $66,000 a kilo (retail). Heroin costs $2,600/kilo in Pakistan, but can be sold on the streets of America for $130,000/kilo (retail).

“The average drug trafficking organization, meaning from Medellin to the streets of New York, could afford to lose 90% of its profit and still be profitable,” says Robert Stutman, a former DEA Agent.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/special/math.html

Profit margin (cocaine) (66,000 – 1,500) / 66,000 x 100 = 97.72%

Profit margin  (heroin) (130,000 – 2,600) / 130,000 x 100 = 98%

(3) Criminals, especially drug traffickers, may have laundered around $1.6 trillion, or 2.7 per cent of global GDP, in 2009, according to a new report by UNODC.

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2011/October/illicit-money_-how-much-is-out-there.html

(4) Considering 2009 as the average of the last 20 years we have 1,600 x 20 = 32,000 billion dollars laundered.

The total market capitalization of all publicly traded companies in the world was US$51.2 trillion in January 2007[4] and rose as high as US$57.5 trillion in May 2008[5] before dropping below US$50 trillion in August 2008 and slightly above US$40 trillion in September 2008.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_capitalization

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_supply

(5) Despite a major opium epidemic in China at the end of the 19th century, there was little interest in suppressing a business that was so profitable for opium merchants, shippers, bankers, insurance agencies and governments. Many national economies were as dependent on opium as the addicts themselves. Indeed, what Karl Marx described as “the free trade in poison” was such an important source of revenue for Great Powers that they fought for control of opium markets.

(6) 100 Years of Drug Control. Antonio Maria Costa – Executive Director – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

(7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Opium_War

(8) In July 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, collaborating with the United Nations to eradicate heroin production in Afghanistan, declared that growing poppies was un-Islamic, resulting in one of the world’s most successful anti-drug campaigns. The Taliban enforced a ban on poppy farming via threats, forced eradication, and public punishment of transgressors. The result was a 99% reduction in the area of opium poppy farming in Taliban-controlled areas, roughly three quarters of the world’s supply of heroin at the time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_production_in_Afghanistan

(9) World Drug Report 2008

(10) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/13/mps-slam-uk-record-afghan-opium-poppy-harvest

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2505619/Opium-production-Afghanistan-reaches-highest-levels-ahead-NATO-troops-withdrawal.html

(11) Considering that 30,000 dollars can be saved annually (out of an average annual salary of 50,000 dollars), that a person gives it all to a criminal group and that the profit margin is 50%, it results that the group is producing 15,000 dollars in profit per client on an annual basis. Dividing a billion to 15,000, we obtain more than 66,000 clients.

(12) Considering that there are a million criminal organizations around the world (13), that the incomes from illegal activities are 4,000 billion dollars annually (14) and that wealth distribution is similar to that worldwide, which means that 1% owns 50% of the global wealth (15), we have the first 10,000 criminal organizations which own 2.000 billion dollars. Considering that the distribution of wealth is as follows: 1% own 15% of the wealth, we have the first 100 criminal organizations which hold 300 billion. Considering a distribution similar to that of the richest people on the planet (16) we have the richest organization which has 10.9 billion dollars, while the 100th has 1.5 billion dollars. Based on the profits of one single year, there should be more than a hundred criminal organizations as billionaires. Within only seven years, the accumulated profits would exceed the legal property of the richest man (10.9 x 7 = 76.3 > 75).

Even if, on average, the profits of the organized crime would amount to only 100 billion annually, a wealth of 4,000 billion dollars is obtained within 40 years. It is very hard to believe that this wealth can be distributed so that most traffickers remain poor (17) and the richest trafficker is not among the richest people on earth.

(13) In the UK, police estimate that organized crime involves up to 38,000 people operating in 6,000 various groups.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organized_crime

We have 6,000 groups related to Great Britain population of about 60 million. Keeping the proportion of a population of 7.5 billion we have 750,000 criminal groups.

(14) Considering and: As reported by the 2013 Europol Serious & Organized Threat Assessment, the “Total Global Impact of CyberCrime [has risen to] US $3 Trillion, making it more profitable than the global trade in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined.”

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/regulatory-compliance/pci/cybercrime-is-now-more-profitable-than-the-drug-trade/

https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/eu-serious-and-organised-crime-threat-assessment-socta

(15) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distribution_of_wealth

(16) https://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/

(17) Contrary to a popular image of drug sales as a lucrative profession, many of the employees were living with their mothers by necessity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade

 

 


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Martin Zehr March 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Thank you for this and thanks to THE NORTH STAR for daring to publish this article. For decades the North American cartel known as the US Government has been promoted the drug trafficking industry. Now that there is no industrial base in the U.S. they have facilitated human trafficking and drug trafficking for their profits. NAFTA and CAFTA have increased the trafficking and “open borders” have provided the clear road for these profiteers. Under the cloak of humanitarianism poor and working people in the U.S. have been subjected to ever increasing opioid addiction. Meanwhile. poor farmers and dispossessed workers in Mexico and Central America are subjected to brutal mass murders and disappearances. The reaction in Mexico has been resistance from the communities, in the form of the Zapatistas and in the form of autodefensas in Michoacan and Guerrero.Cartel rule has moved from Colombia to Mexico and Honduras with a vengeance. And it has become more sophisticated in its use of political entities and mass media. The cover is provided and the mass murders increase resulting in mass migrations of people fleeing the violence and the narco-states for their survival. It is easy to find fault with the autodefensas but not so easy when peoples’ very survival is at stake. The issue here is not the “Drug War”. It is the narco-states and the billion dollar industry they thrive in. Today people have a chance to focus on their lives and choose the path ahead. Is it a path of liberation from oppression, slave trade, and a modern day Opium War? Or is it a fight led by leadership like we witnessed in the ’60s with the Panthers. The gangsta state is prepared to fight for its existence and have the resources to provide El Chapo with a tunnel to freedom. The people have the experience and understanding to know the nature of these criminals and the means of organizing. Times up. It’s now o never. The disappeared Ayotzinapa 43 have shown us what is in store for those who dare resist. Fue el estado, todos somos Ayotzinapa. Ni una más.

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Stan March 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Yeah….CIA involvement in cocaine and other illegal drug trafficking has been
documented for decades now. Director Casey and others were especially
enthusiastic about this as it gave the CIA a budget that was not in any way
accountable to Congress and allowed the CIA to become now a state
within a state. The CIA is now a kingmaker and corrupter of public
institutions. The MSM is CIA controlled for example…

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