Dear Editors of the Student Newspaper: Your article from 2018 about the drug war misses the point entirely.
It is wrong to tell children to say no to drugs: that is Christian Science indoctrination. It's like telling them they should say no to aspirin and antihistamines. Certainly, they should not use such substances ill-advisedly, but it is a mere religious and political directive to tell them to say no to such substances. Besides, the whole drug war is immensely hypocritical. It tells us to say "no" to godsend psychedelics that can save lives, emotionally speaking, all while it completely ignores the problem of drug addiction that Big Pharma has created, thanks to which 1 in 4 American women are addicted to Big Pharma meds.
If we're going to start telling kids how to live their lives as adults, let's begin by telling them to say "no" to Big Pharma antidepressants. But, of course, Drug Warriors like Karolina don't mean "blessed medicines" like antidepressants when she uses the political term "drugs."
Someday, outlets like the Student Newspaper will stop printing this kind of Christian Science propaganda, designed to make us think of Mother Nature as a drug kingpin.
My elderly mother has suffered unnecessarily from depression for decades and been addicted to Big Pharma meds for anxiety -- all because the DEA tells us to say "no" to Mother Nature's godsends -- almost all of which are far less addictive than what pharma companies crank out -- and yet we think it's moral to tell children to say "no" to nature's godsends? To the contrary, it's immoral to do so.
Wake up, Student Newspaper: Articles like Karolina's are part of the problem. In fact, they ARE the problem: the problem of the drug war and the illogical and superstitious way that it makes us think about psychoactive substances.
Please learn some inconvenient truths like the following before you "green light" any further articles of this kind that Karolina wrote back in 2018. Until you take the following facts "on board," your newspaper is only "muddying the waters" when it comes to giving America a clear understanding of the politically motivated drug war:
There was no drug problem in Ancient Egypt. There was no drug problem in Ancient Mesopotamia. There was no drug problem in Ancient Greece. There was no drug problem in Ancient Rome. There was no drug problem in the Mongol Empire. There was no drug problem during the Viking era.
Why not? Because until 1914 and the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act, people were judged by how they actually behaved, not by what substances they had in their digestive systems.
More inconvenient truths for drug warriors:
Freud used cocaine and praised it to the skies for fighting depression and helping him achieve self-actualization in life. Benjamin Franklin used opium. Francis Crick discovered the DNA helix with help from liberal doses of psychedelics. The entire Vedic religion was founded to worship the insights provided by a psychedelic plant.
JFK and his wife used amphetamines in order to "stay fresh" -- at the same time that normal citizens could have been jailed for doing so, especially if there were aggravating circumstances, such as a suspect failing to be a white person.
Meanwhile, the DEA bans research on medical godsend plants that could help in the fight against Alzheimer's -- and KAROLINA DOES NOT EVEN MENTION THIS!!!
Please, un-bamboozle yourself and start publishing articles that speak the truth about the anti-scientific drug war -- which is also a violation of natural law, in case your reporters are looking for a new angle that they've obviously never thought of.
Why not write a belated article protesting the DEA's seizure of Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants in 1987? Jefferson was rolling in his grave -- since that was not just robbery, it was a coup: a coup against the kind of republic that Jefferson had founded: one under natural law, according to which government could not take away basic rights -- including our right to the plants and fungi that grow at our very feet. (In case it's not self-evident to you that plants are ours by right, check out John Locke's Second Treatise of Government on this topic.)