September 26, 2020
THE ANTI DRUG WAR BLOGby Ballard Quass
combatting drug war propaganda and lies, one post at a time
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
The legalization of marijuana in Virginia is being held back over equity concerns about the treatment of cocaine possession. This illustrates perfectly why the Drug War must be eradicated root and branch and not dealt with one corrupt law at a time. We must all come together, white, black, Hispanic and Asian, and reclaim our right under natural law to the plants and fungi that grow at our very feet. We must deny government the power to override the natural law upon which Thomas Jefferson founded America. For it is no coincidence that the DEA stomped onto Monticello in 1987 and confiscated that Founding Father's poppy plants. It was a coup against the natural law upon which Jefferson founded America.
We should come together to fight against another mega injustice as well: namely, the fact that the Drug War represents the enforcement of the religion of Christian Science, which holds as a matter of faith that we have no need for so-called drugs. I say "so-called" because the great crime of the Drug Warriors is that they have created a new category of evil substances that they call "drugs," out of political expediency, not out of any social, historical or scientific analysis of the substances in question. If we're free to look at uncensored history, we know that there is no such thing as "drugs" in the superstitious and demonizing way that the Drug Warrior uses that term. There are only amoral and inanimate substances that can be used rightly or wrongly, for good or bad reasons, in good or bad doses, in good or bad settings, by good or bad people. To think otherwise is to use drug law as a convenient sledgehammer with which politicians can silence and disenfranchise their enemies. So you have political opponents that use substance X? No problem. Make the possession of X a felony and wipe those opponents off of the voting rolls.
NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Letter to a friend
There's a new movie out about the opioid crisis in which the DEA plays the hero. That's like having an arsonist return to a fire he set in order to help extinguish it. The DEA criminalized all far safer substances that offer self-transcendence, created a black market (meanwhile criminalizing mere understanding of psychoactive plant medicine), thereby incentivizing "bad actors" to profit by addicting folks to synthetic crap.
As usual, the DEA is above the law in this film, in this case covering up for the fact that an outraged law-abiding American shot the bad guy in cold blood.
The murderess had been a junkie earlier, so it's hypocritical of her to shoot the dealer. If she's going to shoot anyone, she should shoot the folks who created the black market and outlawed all safe means to self-transcendence.
That's one of the many logic flaws of the Drug Warrior: they refuse to acknowledge humankind's desire for self-transcendence and so childishly ascribe all substance use to irresponsibility and character flaws born of childhood trauma. The whole Vedic religion was established to worship a psychedelic plant. The psychedelic-fueled Eleusinian mysteries lasted 2000 consecutive years and were attended by such western luminaries as Plato, Cicero and Plutarch. Marcus Aurelius and Benjamin Franklin used opium. Freud used cocaine and thought it was a great cure for his depression.
The movie ends by displaying dire statistics about how many are dying from opioids and how much worse it's getting every year. The implication is that we have to crack down still FURTHER ON DRUGS. What then is the end game here? Do we give the DEA carte blanche to do absolutely anything they want to do in the name of combatting this American creation known as "drugs"? a hypocritically selective category of substances that never existed before 1914?
I want to start publishing essays on this subject with B&N as actual analog books. Even if I don't sell any, I would really enjoy sending copies to select logic-challenged individuals, such as the logic-challenged folks who filmed this hatchet job on behalf of the DEA.
As far as I can see, no one's publishing on these topics. Most everyone's bought the absurd premise that there is a real thing called DRUGS that we must fight at every turn -- a viewpoint that no civilization except America has ever embraced. It's a superstition. Everyone else knew that substances are amoral and that things like overdoses are caused by social issues (like a lack of education or the lack of available safe substances). If someone OD'd in Marco Polo's time (himself an opium user) they would not have blamed the substance, just the lack of knowledge that the substance user possessed.
NOVEMBER 10, 2020
Just watched another drug-war movie in which the DEA is the hero in the opioid crisis, running out to gun down the bad guys. That's like an arsonist returning to the scene of the crime to put out the fire. 40 people die in Detroit every day because of opioid addiction. Does anyone truly believe that the gun violence and substance-related death would be going on had America not taken the historically unprecedented step of criminalizing psychoactive substances and stifling research, thereby ensuring that whatever drug use that does occur will be uninformed? To put it another way, who, in a well educated world where plants were free, would ever want to addict themselves to an expensive taskmaster like synthetic opioids when Mother Nature's psychoactive plant medicines can provide the self-transcendence they seek, either without any addiction whatsoever or with an habituation with which the user can live just as comfortably as 1 out of 10 Americans already live with highly addictive Big Pharma meds? Yet the idiot Drug Warriors never get it. The message of these movies is that we need to crack down still further, never mind that the DEA agents are already gleefully violating the US Constitution at every chance they get. What is the end game here? To set the DEA free to do absolutely anything they want to do in the clear light of day in order to combat the republican-made problem known as "the opioid crisis"? Drugs are not the problem. They never have been the problem. The problem is the profit motive combined with substance prohibition and the outlawing of thousands of substances that are far less dangerous than the synthetic garbage that is custom-made these days to create addicts.
NOVEMBER 9, 2020
The Drug War is bullet-riddled Greek Tragedy American-Style. It's a way of looking at the world that allows us to enforce puritan piety that passe religion can no longer command. It's a way to keep the Wild West going so that gun addicts can satisfy their need to play the good guy. Custom-made violence. It is the new Tenth Commandment. Thou shalt not use dope. It is Mary Baker Eddy on steroids. It is responsible for the OXY epidemic because it not only outlaws far safer substances but it criminalizes the mere study of them. It makes a boogieman and a scapegoat out of psychoactive substances (dumping them all into the discreditable category of "drugs") in a way that no other civilization has ever done. Why? Because substances are not the problem. Ignorance is a problem. A violence-creating black market is a problem. The outlawing of safe psychoactive plant medicine is a problem. Then, because America has such a jaundiced attitude toward psychoactive substances, we arrogantly go around the world burning plants, as if we've discovered some great truth about evil substances, never realizing that our willfully purblind attitude toward "drugs" is the problem, not amoral substances themselves. Our hatred of education. Our hatred of plant medicine. Our need for a scapegoat for social ills. Our idiotic view of psychology that takes exactly zero account of the human beings' desire for self-transcendence and "seeing beyond the veil."
If we must have a Drug War, let's crack down on alcohol use and remove anyone from the work force should their urine reveal any traces of booze whatsoever. Let's then remove them from the voting rolls. Then let's make America great again by executing alcohol distributors, thereby hoisting the beer-swilling Drug Warriors by their own petard.
Of course I'm speaking rhetorically here. I do not personally want to punish ANYONE based on the substances that they choose to consume -- I only wish I could say the same of the vast majority of Americans, bamboozled as they are by daily doses of Drug War propaganda on TV and in movies (as in cop shows, for instance, in which cocaine is only ever used by the scummiest of board-certified scumbags, lest the viewer get any crazy ideas about personally profiting from the psychoactive powers of Mother Nature's plant medicines).
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 eyelash, 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.