4. The impact of drug trafficking on Colombian culture
Francisco J. de Roux, S.J.
This paper presents the following hypothesis. Drug trafficking appeared in Colombia at a time when the country faced an institutional vacuum in economic, governmental, social, and ethical matters. This vacuum made evident the existence of a cultural crisis. The most resounding proof of this crisis was the continuous and senseless destruction of human life in a way only comparable to the famous Época de la Violencia, or civil war, during the 1950s. Drug trafficking aggravated the cultural crisis, corrupting the state and the political and economic institutions of Colombia, and threatening society. Colombians have been looking for a solution to this situation, in an effort to restructure institutions.
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