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In the midst of publicized celebrations of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, it is a funny thing to think about the politics of sustaining human life, while contemplating the tactics of human elimination. The so-called 'war on drugs' is in fact as much about monopolizing the power to sustain human life as it is a story of spectacular human elimination. Drugs, medicines give life, enhance life, even while they can be the means or the justification for taking it away. I hope to use this blog to discuss how the productive power of drugs—and efforts to monopolize this—offer an alternative perspective on US-Andean political and economic relations.