Narco-capitalism (derivatives: narco-state, narco-economy) is a pejorative neologism meant to express criticism of a state's policies and practices surrounding the international illegal drug trade. The terms narco-capitalism and narco-state currently have no formal definition in official use and are not in the Oxford English Dictionary. It is a pejorative term meant to criticize and express disfavor about a government's drug policies; no state calls itself a narco-state as a neutral descriptor — thus, who uses the term, and in what context, is significant to understanding its intended meaning. Guinea-Bissau has been occasionally called a "narco-state" due to government officials often being bribed not to testify by drug lords in the country. Additionally, "narco-capitalism has been used to denote how the pyschopharmacology of methamphetamine produces the precarious, risk-taking subjects typical of neoliberal late capitalism while favoring the commercial and regulatory interests of the pharmaceutical industry, i.e. the manufacturers of pseudoephedrine-based medicines and ADHD and related amphetamine medications.
- (2002). Title of an online essay: "The Narco-State Cometh"
- (2006). An anonymous US official on Afghanistan: "Now what they have is a narco-economy. If they do not get corruption sorted they can slip into being a narco-state,".
- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/diplomat-military-takes-over-guinea-bissaus-capital-leaders-whereabouts-unknown/2012/04/12/gIQAwjTRDT_story.html[dead link][dead link]
- Pine, Jason (2007). "Economy of Speed: The New Narco-Capitalism." Public Culture 19 (2): 357-366. doi: 10.1215/08992363-2006-041
- "The Narco-State Cometh", Kuro5hin March 20, 2002.
- "Afghan opium cultivation hits a record", by Fisnik Abrashi, Associated Press, August 16, 2006.
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