Quiet Quitting the War on Drugs

By Brian Winter

Several Latin American governments seem to be backing off anti-drug efforts, though some avoid explicitly saying so.

Since the pandemic, some workers around the world have embraced the trend of “quiet quitting”—in which they don’t actually abandon their jobs, but try to do the absolute minimum amount of work necessary to avoid negative attention. The term came to mind during last week’s terrifying outbreak of drug-related violence in Ecuador, which saw gangs kidnap police and prison guards, invade a TV station and paralyze the business capital of Guayaquil. In response, conservative President Daniel Noboa vowed a crackdown, labeling the gangs “terrorist groups” and ordering the military to...

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