When mapping out the connections between characters, Traffic demonstrates the absurdity of yet another extravagantly funded though tragically failing American war - the war on drugs. Soderberg's expertise has created a picture which, at first glance, appears apolitical, though is one of the most convincing and well-structured arguments against this program. In a time when the far right screams at liberals for belittling self-responsibility, perhaps they should adopt similar principles towards drug abuse. It is one of the few issues that should scale beyond political bounds and avoid partisan traps - throwing money at a problem rather than amending what's creating the problem; individual reliance rather than governmental dependence; demanding for politicians to stop lying and admit the truth - though, like most issues, the contradictions have become fixated as third rail partisan issues.
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