The amazon.com of drugs, right? No more sketch / shady dealers, right?
Right! Its good!
Well… its alright.
Having drugs delivered to your door is really awesome. When it first came around I really thought to myself – this is the future. This is the way its going to work out.
But, after some time, I realized something wasn’t right. Even though I didn’t have to deal with anyone personally, I was giving my address to someone I know nothing about and who makes an unknown (huge) amount of money.
“Just make sure you don’t piss them off.”
Well, there are ways to piss them off, believe it or not, but I won’t go into that.
What I realized is that although I could now access drugs from my living room, wearing pajamas – I still knew this guy at the other end could kill me if he really wanted to. Perhaps I had watched a bit too many episodes of breaking bad recently, but still. The dark market allows you to purchase anything anonymously – even a murder.
None of us have to really fear that, but if we take a step back, these dark markets aren’t going to make the world a utopia. At the end of the day, your purchase of cocaine still goes to the cartel and your purchase of MDMA still goes to the yakuza.
As it is with all capitalism, the consumer is ultimately the one who votes – capitalism is a true democracy, you only vote with your dollar instead of a ballot.
The amount of extremity of violence caused by these drugs is unfathomable. The death toll is unthinkable, and there doesn’t seem to be a limit in sight.
With the increase of availability of these drugs now to everyone who can read about Tor, the end result is going to be more trafficking, greater amounts of money, and thus greater tensions and more violence.
Just because you don’t deal with a sketchy dealer, doesn’t mean they simply stopped existing.
Is it worth a nice party weekend if you know your product is sourced in blood and violence?
Tor has long been, for a long time, compromised by the authorities. You could say in the past 2 years that the actual honest drug dealers have all been replaced with honeypots and who knows what else?
It’s just plain politics and business. An online monopoly. If you consider the recent surveillance and cyber-freedom laws, these are all connected.
Yes, I’d prefer it all legal like, rather than shady black market deals, because the law protects both consumers and producers/distributors, a third party regulator, that especially has no particular bias or vested interest in one over the other, can keep quality and professionalism in check.