Dawn Paley

Drug War Capitalism

Drug War Capitalism, my first book, was released in November 2014 by AK Press. Click hereScreen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.12.40 AM to order it from the publisher, or ask your local bookseller or library if they can order a copy.

Click here to read an excerpt of Drug War Capitalism, or click here to read a review of the book.

I am currently working on ensuring the speedy release of the Spanish version of the book.

More info on the book follows.

Though pillage, profit, and plunder have been a mainstay of war since precolonial times, there is little contemporary focus on the role of finance and economics in today’s “Drug Wars”—despite the fact that they boost US banks and fill prisons with poor people. They feed political campaigns, increase the arms trade, and function as long-term fixes to capitalism’s woes, cracking open new territories to privatization and foreign direct investment.

Combining on-the-ground reporting with extensive research, Dawn Paley moves beyond the usual horror stories, beyond journalistic rubbernecking and hand-wringing, to follow the thread of the Drug War story throughout the entire region of Latin America and all the way back to US boardrooms and political offices. This unprecedented book chronicles how terror is used against the population at large in cities and rural areas, generating panic and facilitating policy changes that benefit the international private sector, particularly extractive industries like petroleum and mining. This is what is really going on. This is drug war capitalism.

The book is a much expanded version of an essay I published in 2012 by the same title. Links to the essay are below.

Click here to read Drug War Capitalism in English.

Haz click aquí para leer El Capitalismo Narco en castellano.

Cliquez içi pour lire La « Guerre contre la drogue », alibi néolibéral en Colombie et au Mexique en français.

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  1. Andrew Wood said, on 30/03/2015 at 23:36

    Dawn, excellent book–fantastic reporting and well argued! So damn tragic what people will do for profit.


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