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.
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- (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,".
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- "The Narco-State Cometh", Kuro5hin March 20, 2002.
- "Afghan opium cultivation hits a record", by Fisnik Abrashi, Associated Press, August 16, 2006.