Drug War Propaganda

from TV and Movies


A Thousand Words

starring Eddie Murphy

2007

AARON: I once took acid in college, and I thought my hair had a heartbeat.
Even American movie comedies help support the Drug War by treating entheogenic substances with scorn, a scorn which is philosophically related to the scorn that the Conquistadors had for the plant-based rituals of the MesoAmerican cultures. American materialists support the drug war by implying, falsely, that the doors of perception hide only madness and folly, thereby giving the drug warrior a free pass for criminalizing therapeutic godsends.

Hooten & the Lady

2017

ALEX: Translation? HOOTEN: It means gangsters, drug dealers.
It means Richard Nixon's Frankenstein monster, is what it means, as Richard Nixon created drug dealers and the drug war out of whole cloth, with a little help from anti-Chinese racist Francis Burton Harrison, the man who committed America's original sin of outlawing a mere plant (the poppy), in violation of the natural law on which America was founded.

House of Versace

2013

Mamma, we all love you, but we can't keep watching you self-destruct.
Spoken by Allegra Versace during a family "intervention" scene designed to get her mother, Donatello, 'clean.' Although it's clear that Gianni's sister has been liberally swigging alcohol and popping prescription pills at will, the movie leaves little doubt that Donatello's real problem is cocaine, to which she appears to have been introduced by one of her photographers. In true drug war form, her first use of the substance is accompanied by a loud and discordant soundtrack, lest the viewer have any doubt that the substance she's indulging in is pure evil.

Yes, yes, folks can and do have problems with coke as they can and do have problems with any other substance that they overuse or misuse. The problem here is that zero movies -- that's a zero followed by endless zeroes -- ever portray a westerner's sane use of the medicine from the coca leaf. Instead, we have the usual western narrative of the coke addict as Christian Science heretic, sent to rehab where she can learn to renounce all of mother nature's psychoactive plants (like a Good Christian), so that she can be eventually welcomed back home into the family fold like the prodigal son or daughter.

Been there, done that.

How about a movie that shows Sigmund Freud responsibly using cocaine in order to achieve self-fulfillment in life by becoming massively prolific in his chosen field?

This docudrama about the Versace family gets out the message that the drug warrior wants us to believe: that there's this thing out there called drugs (i.e. mother nature's plant medicines) that we cannot be trusted with and that will necessarily take over our lives and ruin them if we dare have anything to do with them. So consider yourself an infant, let the government decide FOR you which plants you can use, and let the medical specialists decide for you what you need -- although even those specialists will need to limit themselves to providing only the addictive drugs of Big Pharma when it comes to psychoactive medicines.

But not to worry. If you become reliant on Big Pharma, that's not addiction, because Big Pharma produces "meds," not "drugs."

Republic of Doyle

Don't Gamble with City Hall

2011

Jake's brother Christian, to Malachy, who has a bad back: Oh, you need some painkillers? I know a guy if you're lookin'.
Malachy and Jake respond to this facetious offer with goggle-eyed contempt, which can be loosely translated into English as: "What? You would dare infringe upon the holy monopoly of our esteemed medical profession to dispense with pain killers only as they see fit?"

Republic of Doyle

Don't Gamble with City Hall

2011

Jake to Mayor: Yeah, you indulge in one little vice, what? Next thing you know you got a hooker in your lap and three grams of coke on your plate. It's a classic tale.
Yeah, a classic drug war propaganda tale, designed to associate the coca plant with all things evil, ignoring the fact that it was Freud's go-to medicine, not for partying but for accomplishing a prodigious amount of work -- and that the coca plant has been used responsibly for millennia by non-western cultures.

Republic of Doyle

2014

She flipped on you because you are a piece of dog turd. (spoken by an inmate, Logan, who's been asked to help out with a kidnapping investigation. He's speaking to a suspected drug dealer.)
This is how Richard Nixon's drug war has caused folks to talk about suspected drug dealers. Nixon succeeded beyond his wildest dreams in forcing the world to take a jaundiced view of mother nature's plant medicines, to the point where we consider suspected "drug dealers" as non-human. Then we are startled by police murders of blacks -- when the police have been taught to demonize and dehumanize suspects -- and for bigoted officers, they're happy to extend that dehumanization to cases in which "drugs" are not involved.

Republic of Doyle

2014

DES: Look at him, he looks pretty druggie.
Yes, the usual focus on the boogieman of 'drugs'. Here's my submitted review that the IMDB almost certainly will not publish, censorship being such a key part of America's drug war, the censorship of any and all inconvenient truths:

Yet another RoD episode that focuses on the modern boogieman of 'drugs' -- a problem custom-created by racist American politicians as a way to keep citizens' minds off of social problems and bad legislation -- such as the drug war itself, that creates violence and addiction out of whole cloth by outlawing the psychoactive plants of mother nature, shunting users off onto far more addictive drugs, creating the Oxy addicts featured in this episode, who then empower and enrich government through the purchase of methadone -- the same government whose drug war lies and plant criminalization led to the addiction in the first place. (I can only hope that the usual drug war instinct for censorship won't result in IMDB suppressing this review. They surely wouldn't censor a review that decried racism in a film -- why should I be blocked for decrying a public policy that leads to a million minority arrests a year -- for mere possession of mother nature's plants?!)


In this episode, Jake is out to crack a drug ring at Buckmaster's Circle, never stopping to think that community's like that -- where you travel at the risk of your life -- only exist thanks to the drug war. By demonizing substances and instituting prohibition, the drug war has filled the world with 'Buckmaster's Circles' -- and the idiot drug warrior never gets it. To the contrary, they see all the violence and say to themselves, "Oh, aren't drugs bad?" The real answer: No. Substances are amoral. Only people can be bad. And the social policies and laws that they create. And so the drug warrior keeps shooting himself in the foot, after which, every single time, he shouts at the drug dealers: Stop doing that! And I'm like: dude, you're doing it to yourself. If you want a nice world, educate people honestly about all substances -- their benefits and risks -- and stop criminalizing the plants that grow at our very feet.

Republic of Doyle

Blood Work

2013

This is Malachy Doyle. We got some garbage here you might want to see.
Needless to say that Mal is referring to a suspected "drug dealer."

Do drug warriors like Jake and Mal ever stop to wonder where all these scumbags were before the drug war was started by racist American politicians? Does it ever occur to them that the profit motive from criminalization is the real villain of the piece, that we're presenting human beings with an absurdly huge temptation by outlawing desired substances? .

Is the remote Canadian province of Newfoundland really so chock-a-bloc with human garbage and scumbags? No, of course not.

The drug war creates these villains by dangling enormous sums of money before them that they can quickly earn illegally, and then when it catches these poor dupes, it serves them up like hot cakes to our overcrowded prison systems, including a million minorities a year in America, taking many of them off the voting rolls and thereby stealing elections for conservatives.

Enough with the "pusher bashing," Jake Doyle: it's the normalization of the use of terms like 'scumbag' and 'garbage' that have empowered racist police to beat heads and crowd our prisons.

Wake up! Stop tempting the hell out of fallible human beings with the huge profits available through substance prohibition -- and you'll be surprised how the scumbag count will suddenly take a nosedive.

Stop manufacturing crime and scumbags out of whole cloth. End the war on drugs: the war that causes all of the problems that it's supposedly fighting: first by keeping scientists from merely studying illegal substances (thereby ensuring their misuse) and then by outlawing thousands of godsend plants from mother nature that are far less addictive than the synthetic stuff cranked out by Big Pharma.

Funny how cops and PIs never refer to murderers as scumbags, dog turds, and human garbage. But let someone start selling plant medicines of which Richard Nixon disapproves, and the suspect becomes subhuman -- every bit as subhuman as the undesirables in Nazi Germany. What a coup for corrupt politicians. First, they can criminalize the plant medicines favored by their opposition -- and then they can't let public outrage do the rest, turning their opponents into the dregs of the earth.

Republic of Doyle

S 4 E 5

2013

CHARLIE ARCHER, SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER: You two are hilarious!
Jake and Malachy are torturing a drug suspect by placing a metal waste basket over his head and banging it with a pub spigot in order to extract testimony from the so-called "scrotbag". The fact that this passes as "comic relief" in the cop show genre shows how the drug war has normalized fascist police tactics and caused America and the western world to throw "due process" out the window. This is what we get when we fetishize substances as pure evil rather than focusing on education and the re-legalization of mother nature's godsends, most of which are far less toxic than the synthesized crap for which prohibition creates a steady market.





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