Narcotics In Colombia

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Finally, the economy is one of the most influential geo-cultural structures that has been used by regional and international agents in Plan Colombia. Nothing has influenced the trade of narcotics more than this structure, as it is through the economy that the supply and demand for narcotics is maintained. As long as there continues to be a demand for narcotics such as cocaine, drug traffickers will be kept in business. They are aided by the economy at all times. The FARC also operates using the economy, as they tax those who purchase crops from the Colombian farmers. Their taxation and funding is entirely dependent on the economy. Both governments also operate under this structure. One specific example of this is the production …show more content…
Marxism, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “The political, economic, and social theories of Karl Marx including the belief that the struggle between social classes is a major force in history and that there should eventually be a society in which there are no classes (Marxism, 2015).” This ideology was supported heavily by the leftist FARC guerillas in Colombia. Believing that there should be no social class divisions in the country, they began to raise taxes for those who purchased narcotics from local farmers, thus taking income from the rich and assisting those who struggled with poverty. This modern day Robin Hood tale relates back to the economic structures that the FARC operate under, as the economy heavily influences their Marxist beliefs and drives their motivation to eliminate gaps between social …show more content…
This ideology is linked to Marxist values, as it is based upon the belief that the working class should be the ruling class of the country (Dictatorship of the proletariat, 2016). Once again, the FARC use the ideology of proletariat dictatorships to justify their actions. Since they believe that the working class deserves more power, they retract influence from the wealthy by taxing them and reducing their funding. Some criticize the extortion that the guerrillas use for funding, yet they continue to strive for a country in which the poor are able to survive and exert control over their surroundings more effectively. As with Marxism, the ideology of proletariat dictatorships is interrelated with the economy. However, it can also be linked to the military, as an increase in lower class power would effectively reduce the amount of influence in the government and the military forces controlled by

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