What Drug Lords Learned From Big Business How Does A Budding Cartel Boss Succeed And Survive In TheBillion Illegal Drug Business By Learning From The Best, Of Course From Creating Brand Value To Fine Tuning Customer Service, The Folks Running Cartels Have Been Attentive Students Of The Strategy And Tactics Used By Corporations Such As Walmart, McDonald S, And Coca Cola And What Can Government Learn To Combat This Scourge By Analyzing The Cartels As Companies, Law Enforcers Might Better Understand How They Work And Stop Throwing AwayBillion A Year In A Futile Effort To Win The War Against This Global, Highly Organized Business Your Intrepid Guide To The Most Exotic And Brutal Industry On Earth Is Tom Wainwright Picking His Way Through Andean Cocaine Fields, Central American Prisons, Colorado Pot Shops, And The Online Drug Dens Of The Dark Web, Wainwright Provides A Fresh, Innovative Look Into The Drug Trade And ItsMillion Customers The Cast Of Characters Includes Bin Laden , The Bolivian Coca Guide Old Lin , The Salvadoran Gang Leader Starboy , The Millionaire New Zealand Pill Maker And A Cozy Mexican Grandmother Who Cooks Blueberry Pancakes While Plotting Murder Along With Presidents, Cops, And Teenage Hit Men, They Explain Such Matters As The Business Purpose For Head To Toe Tattoos, How Gangs Decide Whether To Compete Or Collude, And Why Cartels Care A Surprising Amount About Corporate Social Responsibility More Than Just An Investigation Of How Drug Cartels Do Business, Narconomics Is Also A Blueprint For How To Defeat Them


6 thoughts on “Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel

  1. says:

    Narconomics, written by Tom Wainwright, is an unusual and important read about drug cartels and the evolution of organised crime in the 21st century At times, listening to the audiobook, I found myself chuckling Wainwright, refreshingly, does not take himself too seriously which is an impressive achievement considering the perpetual cycle of violence and suffering the War on Drugs has generated and horror stories commonly associated with drug trafficking for decades However, much like any organisation, transnational criminal organisations suffer from very human problems and not all leaders and gangsters are not necessarily masterminds of their trade.Human resourcing can be a nightmare loyalty is short supply, mules are regualarly caught, men and women do stupid selfies of their crimes and are not always subtle while settling scores within an organisation can be a frustrating bureaucratic process Public relations, collusion and fostering good relations with governments and communities to create Pax Mafiosa can be undone by competition in the market The advent of the Internet means cartels have to reach out to their communities through effective digital marketing and diversify into new markets migrants or invest in off shore sites to run their business without inferences and regulations Social media and media has become as much a tool of brand cultivation as its has terror.The conclusion is simple the drug wars surprise, surprise were neither lost nor won It is a costly economic cycle for some and benefits those who profit from narco trafficking, securitisation and militarisation state securities across the United States and governments across Latin America Violence and displacement often means foreign governments and criminal corporations can access the resource rich regions of Latin America without being stopped by either national governments or local activists, journalists and human rights defenders who are typically disappeared , forced to flee or murdered These powers play off one another and have mutual benefits in continuing the drug wars.Those fighting it heroic and or cruel , the military, security and police forces expending lives, blood and money to eradicate and contain transnational organised crime are Sisyphus Their methods essentially endlessly rolling a huge boulder up a steep hill to have it roll back down to the bottom every time are largely in vain Lopping off the head of an organisation does not work and leads to splintered, perpetual conflict Prisons are recruitment grounds for gangs and mobsters and offer a safe haven in which criminals can do business and deal with rivals The ruthless nature of prisons, particularly in Latin America, encourages criminality and a system of violence People thrown into prison, much like would be jihadists in the Middle East, come out radicalised and deadly than before, nurtured in an atmosphere of criminal craftsmanship.As Wainwright argues, the strategy and tactics of government do not make economic sense Cocoa crops are burned but it is the livelihoods of the farmers which are destroyed not those of the cartel The criminals demand greater efficiency and tax farmers heavily, while the government offers no incentives to those using lands to cultivate marijuana and cocaine to switch to legal crops Moreover, not only are the wrong lives destroyed, targeting the source of supply for drugs is the equivalent of attempting to increase the price of paint to stop a painter from drawing Cocaine remains cheap at its source despite it values rising by 30,000% when it crosses into European and U.S territories The wrong part of a drugs journey to the addict is targeted.Authors will have covered this before, and there are certainly economic arguments which suggest that the War on Drugs go beyond narco trafficking and extend into resources in a Capitalist Age avocado, oil, iron ore, timber, and coffee , local and regional politics and the stark failures of neo liberalism Wainwright simplifies the economic arguments which make for a magnificent introduction to the drug trade and by cross comparing the bloody business with Wallmart, McDonalds and other corporate enterprises and entrepreneurial Los Zetas is the McDonalds of the criminal world, a franchise which has rooted into tentacles into every city in Mexico and Latin America The Cali Cartel in Colombia founded Rodr guez Orejuela brothers acted as an executive board and was dubbed Cocaine Inc by Time Magazine, not dissimilar to Los Zetas Inc To understand drug trafficking is to understand modern economics The only way the cartels can function is, contrary to popular culture, not by being an outcast in the economic system, but by being a fundamental part of it Narconomics is pure capitalism in its most exploitative, brutal form The sooner the public is educated about this, the sooner reforms can be made which will solve the global health crisis caused by drugs and in turn the horrifying human rights violations and atrocities it generates.


  2. says:

    It s a good book but not great You can see the author has been clueless on the topic initially but has done a lot of research to compile the book and he s managed to get some good info on a number of occasions yet it s clear his own understanding and outlook on the topic is still somewhat lacking Still a good read none the less but it could be better had it been written by someone different imo.I did get a shock listening to the book at one stage as it unexpectedly mentioned the website me and my friends made use of to assist with our studies in this particular field, the wonderful officialbenzofury.com had he reached out to the operators of this site I believe he could have had a better viewpoint which would have allowed him to write parts of the book with understanding, particularly regaridng the feelings and motivations concerning the many libertarians in the space.Drugs should undoubtedly be legalised, whichever side of the fence you may find yourself it s clear legalisation is the only route that works for society If you believe drugs are dangerous and harmful to society a legalisation framework would both make them safer and society considerably better.If you believe people should have that right to do what they wish with their own bodies, whether for pleasure, bio hacking or medicinal purposes then of course legalisation is the preferred route.Let s make drugs, users and society as a whole safer by introducing a legal framework that would ensure quality control standards, remove criminals lacking care and compassion from the supply chain, increase awareness and correct information concerning the affects of each drug, allow addicts addition is about the individual, not drugs The majority of peope who use drugs are NOT addicts, same as the majority of people who eat food are not addicts but we also have many addicted to food amongst us the help they need and deserve without fear of criminal prosecution, allow our polices forces to focus on true crimes criminals that hurt individuals terribly such as paedophile, rapists, traffickers etc, stop wasting extreme sums of money ie billions and trillions on the failed war on drugs and put these funds along with the immense tax revenues that would be generated to use to make society better, let s allow people to escape depression and find a cure for many other ailments where dr s have failed their desperate patients, let s allow research scientists and bio hackers the ability to make new discoveries for the field of medicine and general human wellbeing without harsh, restrictive licencing requirements let s allow people to use a substances to reduce pain, anxiety etc to make themsleves feel happy, relaxed etc when they desire without fear of harsh judgment or repercussions, particularly considering alcohol is often the legal alternative despite being considerably dangerous than 99% of drugs and often having a profoundly negative impact on the user and their surroundings.When this day comes and it will come, the tax revenues will ensure that is the case , only then will we find ourselves in a better society.In the meantime please consider where your beliefs, particularly prejudices, regarding drugs have been obtained, is it via a government s sinister self serving false and flawed narrative That was certainly the case with myself along with teachings from family with good, albeit flawed intentions but a little research goes a long way and can open the eyes of anyone lacking in the true facts of the matter, making for tolerant, compassionate thinking and actions isn t that what the world truly needs Best Wishes to one and all


  3. says:

    Not the usual commodity markets that I read about, but this book is certainly one of the most interesting and well written From why drug cartels are a lot like Walmart managing their supply chain, how cartels operate much like multi national companies, why efforts to disrupt the supply of drugs is so fruitless and finally to the impact that legalisation when done correctly can snuff out the illegal drugs industry this book has everything any self respecting management consultant to the illegal drugs industry needs The author takes you on a fascinating journey through some of the most dangerous places in the world where drugs are grown and manufactured all the way to the end users A welcome boost for how and why economists and economics in general have something very useful to say about how the world could be a better place.


  4. says:

    This is a great read and having seen the futility of the war on drugs where the farmer who gets 100 a kilo loses everything whilst the main culprits make on misery I wonder if our elected officials will ever change mindset Judging by their inability to settle trade agreements I doubt it.


  5. says:

    A great read, with some genuinely eye opening statistics The war on drugs is a complete failure Here, in this book, are the seeds of dealing with our relationship with drugs And many won t enjoy reading the absolute facts they re presented with Legalise Tax Control It s the only way forward.


  6. says:

    Really interesting review of supply and demand of narcotics with focus on policies from governments Certainly changed my opinion on how best to approach dealing with drug issues as a society.