Every recreational drug user knows that the worst part of drugs is getting them: there's the awkward propositioning, the even more awkward transaction, and then the silent, burning hatred once your E turns out to be Tylenol. Thankfully, there's Silk Road, a highly-protected web site where you can buy 340 varieties of illegal drugs over the internet.

The site uses an innovative and untraceable digital currency ("Bitcoins") and relies on a user-feedback system not unlike eBay's. Suppliers offer their wares and purchasers buy them. It's like buying a used book on Amazon, except it comes with a smattering of cyberpunk, anti-government sentiment.

"The state is the primary source of violence, oppression, theft and all forms of coercion," Silk Road wrote to Gawker. "Stop funding the state with your tax dollars and direct your productive energies into the black market."

Heavy.

I suppose that it was only a matter of time before something like this popped up, but I wonder how long it's going to last. Internet notoriety can be a very unforgiving thing (right, Julian Assange?) and this sort of thing seems like it has a giant bullseye digitally painted on it.

Then again, crime usually moves faster than law — 4Chan seems to be going strong, despite repeated attacks by its users on various groups. If the government won't (or can't) take them down, who's to say that a relatively benign online drug market should be made example of? 

Besides, if you believe the government's hype about the Drug War, it's about stopping violence (as opposed to the reality, that it's about stopping the trafficking of things that aren't taxed). So what incentive would they have to prosecute a site that removes all violent middlemen and puts the drugs directly in the hands of the people who want them?

 

Commentarium (21 Comments)

Jun 01 11 - 4:13pm
Piper

thank you thank you thank you!!!

Jun 01 11 - 4:51pm
Lauren.

I'll bite back my bitter thoughts of "too good to last," and just say, "thanks a heap."

Jun 01 11 - 5:00pm
Lauren.

Now to wait for the day when even technologically illiterate losers such as myself can FIND the damn website...

Jun 01 11 - 5:56pm
Geebee

Oh goody. Drug dealers spouting holier-than-thou libertarian bullshit. Just what the world needs.

Jun 01 11 - 10:12pm
Slothrop

Aren't drug dealers poster children of libertarianism?

Jun 02 11 - 1:14pm
..::bEEp::..

Geebee needs get get high and melow out.

Jun 02 11 - 3:11pm
Geebee

I used to do that, but then I grew up.

Jun 02 11 - 4:18pm
moregold

@GeeBee- that is totally what it is all about.
@..::bEEp::..- that was still pretty funny.lol

Jun 02 11 - 1:18am
moregold

The last thing we need to do is fuel the drug war going on in Mexico by buying illegal drugs losers. Do me a favor and google 23 seconds of the mexican drug war and then watch the video. THINK before you act stupid.

Jun 02 11 - 6:06am
potshot

if recreational drugs were legal, there would be no mexican drug war, dumbass.

Jun 02 11 - 8:17am
moregold

But they aren't legal, bird brain, and there IS a Mexican drug war. So your excuse for f$@#ing up the world doesn't hold water.

Jun 02 11 - 9:33pm
julian

@moregold - so you're going to stop buying gasoline? Manufactured goods from countries with poor labour laws? I could go on. Stop being such a fucking hypocrite, moregold.

Jun 02 11 - 10:04pm
moregold

The whole hypocrite thing is bullsh*t. Everyone can find a list of hypocrisies to lay down and it really doesn't prove anything and it certainly doesn't make anything right.
By the way, people are trying to get off the reliance on foreign oil and trying to rebuild the manufacturing base in the US.

Jun 02 11 - 9:48am
y

@moregold - you're asking ppl to take responsibility for their actions. won't happen, particularly among the stoners.

Jun 02 11 - 10:09am
moregold

@y- It's true but it is best to try and educate people about the consequences of there actions. I really hope some of the stoners research this mess going on. I can't imagine the innocent families that have lost loved ones to the senseless violence that is DIRECTLY related to our actions.

Jun 02 11 - 10:52am
Well

I see that this is your "thing" and make this point on any drug related discussion. And while I get what you're saying and it does have some resonance, I don't think one 23 second video is proof of anything other than that Mexico has a very corrupt government and there is alot of criminal violence. Every illegal drug does not come from Mexico or is involved in the violent drug trade, it's throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I'm not even someone who uses drugs but our laws against them are rooted in ignorance, racism and, big alcohol wanting to keep everyone from getting their buzz elsewhere.

Jun 02 11 - 11:35am
moregold

I don't know how you came up with our original laws against drugs being rooted in ignorance and racism. The alcohol companies maybe played a part but look at the fact that drugs like PCB, cocaine, and heroin can cause people to take actions they'd might otherwise not take, like hurting themselves or others. Certainly this plays a part in how some of our drug laws are put in place. It was wives and mothers that helped put prohibition in the US in effect. I don't see why you have to turn the discussion into some form of a racial issue by saying "Every illegal drug does not come from Mexico or is involved in the violent drug trade"; this is more than obvious and is not really a point. There are certainly many local violent drug trades where ever you live and we know that ANY race is susceptible to drug addiction. It is not "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" to obey the laws while working to change current legislation.

Jun 02 11 - 3:16pm
Geebee

Well here's one bit of historical background, though I can't remember where I read it, or if it's accurate. "Indian hemp" was quite legal in the UK in the 19th century. Queen Victoria apparently smoked a bowl to ease menstrual cramps. But when the Suez canal was being built, the local guys were banned from using it so they could be worked harder. The British Empire was a weird institution, but had one rather high-minded virtue, which was that if you banned something one place you banned it everywhere. Having made it illegal in the then British Protectorate of Egypt, the government was obliged to make it unlawful in the UK too.

Jun 02 11 - 3:49pm
moregold

I didn't know that. Laudanum in the UK during parts of the 19th century was legal. In fact the famous mystery writer Wilkie Collins had a strong addiction to it and it played into his story "The Moonstone". Although it was legal and given as medicine it was certainly frowned upon to abuse it.

Jun 02 11 - 5:41pm
dude

There's nothing illegal about what 4chan does. Raids and illegal pornography are always taken off as quickly as possible. Inviting people to take down sites like that, which do nothing but provide a vessel for free speech, is completely ridiculous. Calling a site that only serves to vend illegal drugs "relatively benign" compared to 4chan is clueless as fuck. We should be thankful for the last vestiges of anonymity and freedom that have escaped the child-proofing of the web.

God damn, I haven't even gone on the site in years and you got me all riled up.