June 25, 2020
What Liberals ALWAYS get wrong about the drug warby Ballard Quass
as exemplified by Karolina Zieba's 2018 article entitled 'In case you choose not to say no to drugs'
I have nothing against liberals. I consider myself to be one. But they never seem to really understand the full problem with the drug war. If you want to read a typical liberal article on this subject, check out Karolina Zieba's post entitled "In case you choose not to say no to drugs, kids," published September 10, 2018, in The Student Newspaper.
She seems to mean well and she argues against harsh penalties for drug possession, etc., but like almost every other liberal on the planet, she fails to grasp the full evil of the drug war, writing instead as if the drug war was a good idea which cannot work or which needs to be tweaked significantly in order to be fair. To which I say, no: the drug war needs to be eliminated root and branch. It has no right to succeed. Points that I attempt to make in the comment that I have posted below.
Karolina appears to say the following: yes, drugs are bad, but people are going to use them anyway. But what are drugs? They are often just "plant medicines," albeit ones that politicians dislike and have criminalized in order to punish their opponents and remove them from the voting rolls (as was the case with the fiercest drug warrior of all time, former President Richard Nixon).
And why is it morally good for me to avoid plant medicines? Those who think that I should do so are just asserting their Christian Science prejudice on this topic. There is nothing moral about avoiding Mother Nature's godsends, no matter how hard government tries to demonize them - especially when that same government wilfully overlooks the fact that 1 in 4 American women are addicted to Big Pharma antidepressants, many of which are harder to "kick" than heroin (source: Julie Holland).
Moreover, Karolina seems to assume that the only possible use of Mother Nature's psychoactive plant medicines is to get a cheap high, but that is just drug warrior propaganda. Freud used plenty of cocaine to keep alert. Benjamin Franklin used opium to increase productivity. Francis Crick used plenty of psychedelics to help him figure out the DNA helix. And the age-old Vedic religion was founded to worship the psychedelic insights provided by a plant-based medicine known as soma.
Liberals don't realize that 'drugs' is a pejorative term for 'Mother Nature's plant medicine' and that the drug war is therefore Christian Science Sharia.
It is therefore simply Christian Science indoctrination for adults to tell kids that plant medicines have nothing to offer them as adults. The government can force us to say that to kids, but that's not science at work, it's politics - politics inspired by a Christian Science contempt for the value of Mother Nature's plant medicines. If we're going to warn kids about psychoactive snares, we should be telling them about the great antidepressant addiction of our time - but we are hypocritically silent about that, and ignore it completely, while yet criminalizing Mother Nature's bounty.
I appreciate that Karolina dislikes harsh drug laws, but I think she could do more to attack them if she realized that the word "drugs" is often just a pejorative political term for "Mother Nature's plants."
Why should we recognize that? Because Donald Trump is getting ready to start executing folks for selling "drugs." The best way to stop him is to point out that they're not selling drugs: in many cases they're simply selling "Mother Nature's plant medicines" - albeit the ones that politicians have decided to criminalize, usually for cynical political motives.
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