I have an idea for getting the bloodshed in Mexico under control. It may or may not be a good idea, but as far as I can tell it’s precisely one more idea than anyone else has: nothing I’ve heard proposed has any chance of putting a dent in the homicide numbers over the next year or two.
The proposal is the sort of conditional threat David Kennedy and his colleagues used to reduce gang homicide in Boston. Send a simple message to the bad guys: “Bloodshed brings trouble.” The point is to make violence a source of competitive disadvantage rather than competitive advantage to Mexico’s big drug traffickers.
Here’s a sketch of the idea.
[Yes, full legalization of all drugs would replace the current problem with a different problem. But since it’s not going to happen before thousands more Mexicans die, even if you think legalization is a good idea eventually it still ought to be worth thinking about what to do now. So please post legalization rants elsewhere, and let’s try to keep the comment thread here for discussion of this option and its live alternatives.]