September 26, 2020
THE ANTI DRUG WAR BLOGby Ballard Quass
combatting drug war propaganda and lies, one post at a time
OCTOBER 21, 2020There are no such things as "drugs." There are only substances that can be used for good or bad reasons, at good or bad dosages, by the right or wrong people, in the right or wrong circumstances. Neither are there such things as "drug problems." If a substance is misused, it is because of a social problem such as a lack of education, not a problem caused by some all-powerful scapegoat substance. All intelligent people and societies understood this fact, until 1914, when racist politicians realized that they could marginalize their political opponents by criminalizing their drug of choice and then removing them from the voting rolls when they still chose to partake. In short, the Drug War is a politically motivated superstition designed to take America's eye off the ball and have us scapegoat inanimate substances rather than deal with real social problems, such as the bigoted legislation that arises from the Drug War itself.
Ignorant America has made such a fetish out of this political category of "drugs" that we criminalize the mere research of such politically demonized substances, which represents, of course, a superstitious way of looking at the world worthy of cave people, not of a society that preens itself on its supposed scientific prowess.
OCTOBER 20, 2020In Our Town by Thornton Wilder, the ghost of Emily asks: "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?" The answer (both in the play and in real life) is no, but only thanks to the Drug War. In the nature-loving person of Augustus Bedloe, Edgar Allan Poe provides us with the example of a man who did "realize life," as the following first-person account of that fictional character clearly demonstrates.
"In the meantime the morphine had its customary effect- that of enduing all the external world with an intensity of interest. In the quivering of a leaf- in the hue of a blade of grass- in the shape of a trefoil- in the humming of a bee- in the gleaming of a dew-drop- in the breathing of the wind- in the faint odors that came from the forest- there came a whole universe of suggestion- a gay and motley train of rhapsodical and immethodical thought."
-- Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe
Can anyone realize life while they live it, Emily? Yes, if the DEA would only allow them to.
"But morphine is addictive," cries the Drug Warrior, meanwhile ignoring the fact that 1 in 4 American women are hooked on Big Pharma meds! (drugs which facilitate precisely ZERO appreciation of the world around us and which, in fact, tend to dampen any inherent interest that one may have otherwise taken in the outside world). Well, relax, my superstitious substance demonizer: there are thousands of psychoactive plants that could facilitate the above supernatural mental focus, many of them far less addictive than morphine -- but then again all of them have been outlawed by self-serving demagogues in violation of the natural law upon which Jefferson founded America.
OCTOBER 16, 2020Half a million people die every year due to alcohol and cigarettes and the Drug Warrior does not bat an eyebrow, but if a politically demonized psychoactive "drug" is implicated (even by mere rumor) in one single death -- one single solitary death -- the statistically-challenged Drug Warrior takes it as a slam-dunk sign that the drug in question must be criminalized, now and for all time, for any usage whatsoever, and not just in America either but around the world.
OCTOBER 8, 2020 There is no problem with "drugs." There is only a problem with substance misuse. To demonize "drugs" because of an overdose is like demonizing a "bike" because of a bike accident. The bike was not the problem: the problem was a lack of education. By pretending otherwise, we have outlawed mere plants in a country that was founded upon natural law, an outrage that represents a coup against Jefferson's natural law as well as the adoption of Christian Science as America's state religion. For let's remember, the first American who told us to say "no" to drugs was not Francis Burton Harrison but rather Mary Baker Eddy. This is why drug law debates have gone nowhere in the past, because drug law opponents have always started with one rhetorical arm tied behind their back, having implicitly "signed off" on the false Drug Warrior notion that drugs are indeed a problem, rather than a red herring: a red herring of use to racist politicians and Christian Scientists -- and anyone else who saw no need for the natural law upon which America was founded, that law by which we have a right to the use of Mother Nature's godsends merely by dint of having been born on planet Earth.
OCTOBER 7, 2020 For examples of Drug War censorship, you have only to look at the reading suggestions provided by the Firefox browser every time you open a new page:
- "If you're going to speak truth to power..." by Margaret Atwood, in which she says not one word about the Great Inquisition against Mother Nature's plant medicines. Apparently some power is too entrenched even for Margaret to bother protesting about it.
- "Seven scams that target the elderly," which, of course, fails to mention the scam whereby the DEA lies about psychoactive medicines thus depriving the elderly of therapeutic godsends that rejuvenate the mind, fight Alzheimer's, and even help the user make their peace with death.
- "Bad Habits which you must break immediately," which, of course, fails to mention that breaking bad habits is almost impossible without a change of priorities, in which case all the most helpful medicines for achieving that goal have been outlawed by the DEA on the basis of lies, namely the brazenly false claims that Mother Nature's psychoactive plant medicines have zero therapeutic value, a childish and anti-scientific claim if there ever was one.
OCTOBER 1, 2020 The Drug War is a kind of stealth racism. Cocaine was outlawed because Blacks were using it, psychedelics because hippies were using it, marijuana because Hispanics were using it, and opium because the Chinese were using it.
The Drug War is a godsend for racists: they can arrest the groups that they hate (which would never vote for them in a million years) and remove them from the voting rolls, all while claiming to be looking out for public health!
OCTOBER 1, 2020 Why does Grandmaster Flash think that cocaine was criminalized in the first place? Because racist politicians associated its use with Black Americans -- just as racist politicians associated opium with the Chinese, marijuana with Hispanics, and psychedelics with hippies.
Thus the war on drugs is simply back-door racism, which is the perfect political crime, since now even Black Americans themselves have been taught to adopt the same jaundiced attitude toward cocaine that racist politicians adopted as a front, merely as a way to arrest Black Americans and remove them from the voting rolls by charging them with a felony. Conservatives generally want nothing to do with laws that foster social control, like laws regarding recycling for instance. And so when conservatives rabidly endorse laws to foster social control, you can bet there's an ulterior motive behind it: in this case, the ideological enslavement of Black America, and disempowering them through Drug War propaganda into supporting the mass arrest of their very own people. (See also Grandmaster Flash: Drug War Collaborator)
SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 A Russian Buk missile is a piñata from hell. It contains 8,000 individual pieces of bow-tie shaped metal, each the size of a Twix candy bar. When the missile explodes, these become projectiles that can easily take down any passenger plane -- as was demonstrated in July 2014 when Ukraine separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the Russian border, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members.
What does this have to do with "drugs"? Just this: In a world where occasional E use was required for anyone exhibiting antisocial feelings, such a missile would be unimaginable. Humans would literally weep and vomit while attempting to put such an abomination together. Conclusion: We have drug testing backwards: we need to test people to make sure that people DO have love-stoking drugs in their system, at least when the sober state of such individuals permits of them creating diabolical weaponry that shoots innocent adult, children and babies from the sky.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 When people say, "I don't need drugs to improve my mind," it's like saying, "I don't need aspirin to fight my headaches." One can respond, "Well, bully for you, but what's your point?"
SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 Juvenile delinquents decide drug policy in America. If so much as one juvenile delinquent can figure out a way to die from using a substance, then that substance must not be available for artists to increase creativity, nor for the elderly to fight depression, nor for musicians to improve performance, nor for the religious to use in mystical rites. That's the testing standard that Americans accept in this (ahem) "scientific" country of ours. No need for lab rats or careful statistical analysis: just dig up one scrawny poorly educated waster and see how he or she handles the drug under study. If they can't handle the drug, we must ban it, because "one swallow makes a summer" in the minds of the statistically challenged Drug Warrior. Compared to that standard, the Monty Python "duck test" for identifying witches smacks of scientific rigor.