Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, June 09, 2014

Andy Greenberg, Wired: The dark web may have a silver lining, according to a pair of academics: A new class of geekier, less violent drug dealers. A law professor and a professor of criminal science argue, in a paper released online, that by reducing physical contact between drug dealers -- particularly between dealers and their suppliers -- the Silk Road's bustling Web-based narcotics trade may have prevented bloodshed that would have occurred in the street-level illegal drug market. ... "This new breed of drug dealer is ... likely to be relatively free from the violence typically associated with traditional drug markets," reads the paper, the title of which calls Silk Road "a paradigm-shifting criminal innovation." "Whereas violence [in the traditional drug trade] was commonly used to gain market share, protect turfs and resolve conflicts , the virtual location and anonymity that the cryptomarket provides reduces or eliminates the need ... or even the ability ... to resort to violence.

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Interesting study. Crappy video. Apologies.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-08 09:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Remove the physical contact and implement a credible third party (middle man) and drug violence drops significantly.

Makes sense, I suppose.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-09 01:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

This article makes a lot of sense. Let computer geeks sell the drugs to consumers in other countries. No potential of violence there.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-09 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Legalizing drugs would almost immediately reduce crime.

Lao Tzu : The more laws and order are made prominent, The more thieves and robbers there will be.

#4 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-09 07:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Let computer geeks sell the drugs to consumers in other countries. No potential of violence there.

#3 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2014-06-09 01:54 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Silk Road doesn't exist anymore because the computer geek that started it tried to hire a hitman to kill somebody that made him mad over the Internet.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-06-10 08:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

#5

Silk Road and its successors are alive and well and the fact remains that internet drug sales are far safer than street transactions.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-10 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Silk Road and its successors are alive and well and the fact remains that internet drug sales are far safer than street transactions.

#6 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2014-06-10 10:20 AM | FLAG: NEWSWORTHY!!!

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-10 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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