August 22, 2020
Open Letter to Erowidby Ballard Quass
about a misleading 2018 article by Karolina Zieba
Erowid is (per its own description) "a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues." I sent its editors the following email today to alert them to the philosophically shallow reasoning in a 2018 article entitled "In case you choose not to say no to drugs, kids," published in The Student Newspaper.
This is not exactly a correction, but I could not find an email address that precisely covered my reason for writing you today.
I'm writing in reference to The Student Newspaper article that you cite, apparently because it contains a favorable mention of Erowid. The article is entitled "In Case You Choose Not to Say No to Drugs, Kids."
Although we might praise the author of that post for "having her heart in the right place," her article demonstrates clearly that she is under the influence of Drug War propaganda, which she has apparently accepted uncritically.
Why, for instance, should we be telling kids to say no to "drugs" in the first place, when drugs are essentially Mother Nature's plant medicines? Why do we not also want them to say no to "Big Pharma meds" to which 1 in 4 American women are addicted?
These are just two philosophical issues that loom unnoticed in Karolina Zieba's article. I critique the article in more detail in two essays on my site at abolishthedea.com (see links below). I invite you to read them. I've devoted two essays to this one article because I think that the staying power of drug-war prohibition has been due in large part to the philosophical shallowness of many of its would-be opponents, folks who write half-heartedly on the topic, taking the anemic and misinformed line that "Illegal drug use is unnecessary, but it's going to happen anyway, so we might as well allow it."
I fear that, like Karolina, many Erowid readers (perhaps editors, too, for all I know) may "have their heart in the right place" when it comes to these topics and yet fail to comprehend the full evil of the Drug War, because they have been bamboozled by Drug War lies, propaganda, and the drug-war revision of history thanks to which Americans never hear of the positive use of currently illegal substances. Perhaps they've also been bamboozled by well-meaning authors like Karolina herself who fail to grasp the many injustices that are perpetrated daily in the name of the Drug War: from stifled research on drugs to fight Alzheimer's to the use of electroshock therapy that could have been avoided had medical godsend plants been available to treat depression.
I also write because, by prominently listing Karolina's article, Erowid seems to be (at least to some degree) endorsing its content, and I therefore feel compelled to write you to explain why I believe that such an endorsement is misplaced.
Articles about Karolina Zieba's post entitled "In case you choose not to say no to drugs, kids."
The Drug War Comic Book
On Sale here January 2021