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December 18, 2005

Hate the Game

Just finished watching the complicated British crime movie Layer Cake, and it’s got me thinking.

The narrator/protagonist opens the film with a monologue about the drug business:

Always remember that one day all this drug monkey business will be legal. They won’t leave it to people like me… not when they finally figure out how much money is to be made - not millions, fucking billions. Recreational drugs PLC - giving the people what they want.

He acts as though the drug trade is simply the most lucrative financial venture there is, and I started wondering why big corporate bigwigs, the ones who obviously want wealth and power, are working selling tires and toothpaste and TV programs when they could be selling drugs. First I thought that maybe it was the danger involved. I mean, corporations break the law all the time, but rarely does anyone do jail time. If you’re a bigtime drug-dealer, you’d be much more likely to visit jail if caught, and there’s the added risk of death by competitor.

I pondered some more. Perhaps this fictional narrator is wrong, and the drug trade is not the world’s finest source of income. Which leads me to the fundamental question, Where Is The Money? If you want to make as much money as humanly possible, how do you go about it? Drugs? Guns? Investing? Stock market? Banking? Dictatorship? Cronyism?

The main rule of capitalism is to get as much as you can while giving away as little as possible. Which means that the best deal you can get is a gift, or theft (although theft does carry the risk of prison). So it seems that the biggest moneymaker is some sort of arrangement where people just give you money, or where your theft is not illegal (i.e. rigging the laws themselves).

Still, no concrete answers there. What do you think? Where’s The Money?

No, I don’t ask because I’m looking for a career change, thanks. Just exercising my worldview and seeing how it looks from some new angles.

Posted by Jake on December 18, 2005 10:41 pm


  1. Insurance (in America) is pure profit. Everybody is forced to pay in and the entire industry is based on never paying out. There’s no production cost and no product. The sole expense is salesmen.

    P.S. There are legal drug companies and they’re doing pretty well last I checked. Pfizer, et al. A product that costs pennies to manufacture, the general markup is about 10000% and R&D is paid for by state Universities. I’d say that’s the second best profit industry.

    Comment by mr. peterson — December 19, 2005 @ 11:03 am

  2. Go see “Syriana.”

    Comment by N — December 19, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

  3. War is the answer to your question.
    War is the biggest moneymaker.
    Visit (he was silenced before he could write about the london bombings).
    Kind Regards.

    Comment by — December 20, 2005 @ 9:18 am

  4. I think that these illegal drugs should be legal. Prohibition in the 1920s led to the rise of the Mafia. When Prohibition ended, the Mafia turned to gambling and selling drugs. Foreign cartels control most of the illegal drugs coming into this country. Illegal drugs such as heroin are sources of income for terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda. Drug companies produce legal drugs, which are just as dangerous and addictive as the illegal ones. If illegal drugs were legalized these criminal organizations would have to follow the same rules of trade as foreign drug companies.

    Comment by Robert — December 23, 2005 @ 3:00 am

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