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Essay date: April 15, 2022

'Intoxiphobia' by Russell Newcombe

by the Drug War Philosopher
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A critique





Hi, Russell.

Just a few comments on your excellent paper (Intoxiphobia: discrimination toward people who use drugs).



1) The original sin of the Drug Warrior was to criminalize plants, which is a violation of the Natural Law upon which Jefferson founded America. In this connection, you might quote John Locke as well as John Mill in the latter section of your paper, for the former wrote that human beings (under Natural Law) have a right to "the use of the land and all that lies therein." Even without that quote, I believe that Natural Law (if it tells us anything) tells us that human beings cannot justifiably be denied access to the plant medicine that grows at their very feet.

2) You say you want to avoid moralistic language by not using terms like "drug abusers" and "drug misusers." Fair enough. But in my view, the real way to avoid moralistic language is to avoid the term "drug" altogether, which as used today is simply a pejorative term for "psychoactive substances of which politicians disapprove." In fact, to see how wrong the Drug War is, we need only replace the word "drugs" with "psychoactive plant medicine," or better yet "godsend plant medicine." The latter term may be subjective, but it is no more subjective than the term "drugs," with its implication of "dangerous substances used only for hedonistic purposes."

3) In attacking the moral model of drug suppression, it should be pointed out, I think, that the Drug War is nothing less than the enforcement of the Christian Science religion with respect to psychoactive medicine, i. e. it represents the theological idea that the substances that we demonize as 'drugs' are somehow bad in and of themselves, without respect for how, when, why or by whom they are used. I call this idea theological because it is not supported by facts, but rather by strong religious and/or pseudo-religious prejudices on the part of the 'moralizer. '

4) With respect to drug testing, it's worth underscoring the fact that such tests, as a practical matter, are not looking for impairment, but rather for mere use. You could not get, say, a cashier's job in America at Lowe's hardware store if a trace of cocaine was found in your system, even tho' there was no sign of impairment whatsoever. This kind of drug testing is really just the extrajudicial enforcement of Drug War sensibilities, thanks to which one is basically removed from the job market without a trial, indeed without even being legally charged with anything. And one cannot mount a legal defense against something for which one has not even been charged.

5) You say that the use of methadone constitutes drug dependency according to the VISA WAIVER PROGRAM ESTA. I would here simply point out the huge irony of this fact, when you consider that 1 in 4 American women are dependent on Big Pharma meds for a lifetime. That's surely the biggest national chemical dependency in world history, and yet this medical dystopia is so far from being decried, that top medical officials (often under the pay of Big Pharma, I fear) regularly appear on talk shows to remind Americans to "keep taking their meds," many of which SSRIs are harder to kick than heroin according to psychiatrist-author Julie Holland (because the antidepressants muck about with brain chemistry, disrupting one's neurochemical baseline).

Thanks again, and best wishes.

Brian Quass





Russell also casts his argument "on the back foot" by failing to point out that psychoactive substances have been used, time out of mind, for religious and practical reasons by societies across the world (as the Vedic religion worshipped Soma and the psychedelic kykeon inspired Plato's views on the afterlife). He should then also point out the number of well-respected westerners (Marcus Aurelius, Benjamin Franklin, HG Wells, Jules Verne, etc.) who have used demonized substances responsibly.

By failing to mention these, he leaves the impression that "drug use" is merely something that should be tolerated, however reluctantly, based on an appeal to safety and human rights data -- whereas, truth be known, it's something that should be encouraged for mental and religious improvement (and reasons to do with Natural Law and the Natural Rights of human beings to Mother Nature's bounty). But then most opponents of the Drug War are so immersed in the culture of substance demonization that they argue apologetically rather than citing facts that call the whole culture of substance demonization into question.


July 1, 2022

Russell Responds



Russell was kind enough to respond to me on July 1, 2022, with the following comment:



Hi Brian, thanks for the insightful comments, which are very useful. I agree that, like addiction, the term 'drug' is riddled with semantic baggage, but these psychoactive substances include synthetic chemicals as well as plants. 'Intoxicants' is used but not that popular, and 'highs' and other colloquial terms are fine as far as they go, but I'm fairly sure we are stuck with 'psychoactive drug/substance' for the time being. But human and scientific language changes with time and fashions, so I guess we have to wait and see!


Brian Responds to Russell



Thanks, Russell. My feeling is that very few authors grasp the full degree to which the current talk about drugs and addiction presupposes extremely problematic assumptions. Even Michael Pollan, I think, fails to understand that the term "drugs" is really just a politically created pejorative term for "psychoactive substances of which politicians disapprove." So merely to discuss "drugs" without mentioning this fact is to tacitly support the problematic assumptions which would seem to justify the use of that pejorative term: assumptions like the idea that drugs are "bad" and that "sobriety" equates to "cleanliness" and thus to morality, that "the best use is always no use," and so forth. These are all Christian Science ideas that most people would never adopt if we were talking about medicine for physical disorders.

Although "drugs" can include synthetic nostrums, I think it is still instructive to replace the term "drugs" with "godsend plant medicine," since the Drug War was founded to outlaw the poppy plant and it is the subsequent outlawing of the coca plant that has led to the current violence in South and Central America. Even LSD is derived from Ergot, so the line between synthetic and natural is not always clear. That said, it is always inconvenient from a rhetorical standpoint to include synthetics in one's anti-Drug War arguments. That's why I sometimes ignore the synthetics entirely in order to drive home the point that the Drug War is outlawing plants. Although that can't be a knock-down argument for comprehensive drug legalization, I personally think that the outlawing of plants is such an obvious overstep by government (one that I view to be a violation of the natural law upon which America was founded) that even a diehard drug-hater has to be uncomfortable in countenancing such a power grab. If I can't convince them that it's nonsense to criminalize plants, then my slightly more nuanced arguments on behalf of synthetics would fall on deaf ears in any case.

For now, the word "drugs" is like the word "scabs." Both not only connote something but they do so while conveying a harshly negative attitude toward that something, and that attitude makes sense only on the basis of unstated propositions which are highly problematic and sometimes plain false. That's why I believe that the Drug War is the philosophical problem par excellence, because it is being powered by unspoken presuppositions. For this reason, I believe that an effective pushback can only be mounted when Drug Warriors are confronted with these problematic assumptions - when, in short, Drug War opponents stop using the utterly tainted word "drugs" altogether (or at least only in quotes), and replace it with "potential godsends," perhaps, and thereby include synthetics.

In a research setting, the use of the term "potential godsend" may be inappropriate. But I'm advocating the term here specifically for those laypeople who, like myself, are attempting to change the status quo through essays, comments and other forms of peaceful protest. It may read like a biased term, but if the Drug Warrior can demonize psychoactive substances with the epithet "drugs," surely their opponents can be allowed to praise them as "potential godsends." By so doing, in fact, the opponents of the Drug War can tacitly reveal that the Drug Warrior's arguments presuppose a jaundiced way of looking at the world of psychoactive substances, one that is by no means a view that would occur naturally to any free, unbiased and open mind.

Meanwhile, I'll hope with you for a change in the language that we use to describe "drugs," since, in a way, that is the whole problem with the Drug War: it is a problem created out of whole cloth through the strategic use of provocative and assumption-filled language. There was no "drug" problem in the 1800s. The problem back then in the public mind was liquor (and prostitution). It's ironic that the folks who protected liquor from public fear-mongering with a constitutional amendment soon began a little fearmongering of their own, as they attempted to convince the 20th-century world that the problem hadn't been liquor after all: it was all those dirty evil "drugs" instead (especially those associated with the Chinese!)

My fear is that most of the sane people in America still cannot help but be influenced by the Drug War propaganda of demonization. I consider the fact that psychoactive medicines like soma and coca have inspired entire religions, and then I search American TV and movie scripts for positive references to such medicines - and there are none. Almost all the references to "drugs" are negative, treating them as bad in and of themselves. I then search the academic literature on "drugs" and find almost every single research article devoted to "misuse" and "abuse." No one writes about the ability of morphine to improve one's appreciation of Mother Nature (as in Poe's story "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains"), no one writes about the well-known ability of psychedelics to improve one's appreciation of music, no one writes about the ability of MDMA to foster peace, love and understanding between hitherto antagonistic ethnic and social classes, no one writes about how certain drugs bring peace of mind to the depressed, albeit in a non-reductionist fashion that modern material science can never bring itself to acknowledge, except with scorn, by referring to such drugs as "crutches" (as if the SSRIs upon which 1 in 4 women are dependent for life could not be just as easily demonized in this way).

This is the propaganda of omission and I fear it has fried the American brain - with help from the gleefully mendacious "fried egg" ad, which claims that psychoactive substances fry the brain the minute that they are criminalized by pharmacologically clueless politicians. This is almost the opposite of the truth in the case of drugs like opium and coca, and so-called "speed" is so far from frying the brain that the Air Force used to require its use by pilots on crucial missions.

This disconnect between the historical use of drugs and America's attitude toward them makes me think of the remarks by William L. Shirer in his book about Nazi Germany:

"No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime's calculated and incessant propaganda."

I think the same can be said for those who live in a Drug War society in which all good (or even potentially good) news about "drugs" is suppressed. Such propaganda is no doubt especially persuasive in the eyes of the many Americans who received teddy bears from the state police in grade school in return for saying no to the plants and fungi that grow at their very feet.

Thanks again for your kindness in reading my presumptuously long comments. This is one topic upon which I find it difficult to be concise. So thanks for your patience.

And have a great weekend!
Brian

PS Caught myself just in time: I was about to wish you a Happy Fourth of July!







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2021 Deaths Caused by the Drug War*

  1. Chicago:797
  2. Philadelphia: 501
  3. New York City: 485
  4. Los Angeles: 397
  5. Memphis: 346
  6. Indianapolis: 247
  7. Kansas City (MO): 244
  8. New Orleans: 218
  9. Columbus: 179
  10. Louisville: 175
  11. Baton Rouge: 137



*"Without the War on Drugs, the level of gun violence that plagues so many poor inner-city neighborhoods today simply would not exist." -- Heather Ann Thompson, The Atlantic, 2014.
The above numbers may represent undercounts since some of these totals were compiled in late 2021.


The news media just doesn't get it -- or doesn't want to get it. Most stories about the deaths of blacks in inner cities never mention the drug war, as if the fact that prohibition led to armed gangs had nothing to do with the skyrocketing gun deaths that they're reporting on today. For a case in point, check out the article by Micaela A Watts in CommercialAppeal with the headline: "Following 346 homicides in Memphis in 2021, officials consider what's driving the violence."

Yes, that's a real poser, Micaela. The city fathers must really be scratching their heads!

The author notes three major theories for the violence, all of which have nothing to do with the drug war: "Lack of conflict resolution skills," a lack of "fair wages," and (get this) poor mental health.

Looks like the city officials failed to ask themselves why city residents were armed to the teeth in the first place. Hello? That was due to the drugs warriors' substance prohibition which incentivized the poor and poorly educated young people to get into the fantastically profitable business of selling drugs!!!

Substance prohibition created drug gangs and cartels just as surely as liquor prohibition created the Mafia.

Yes, drug warrior, YOU are responsible for these deaths. You! It's a natural result of your ban on medical godsends, some of which have inspired entire religions and have the potential for treating (if not curing) such diverse conditions as Alzheimer's, autism, and depression.

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Name: Unknown

Age: 40

killed in Prince Georges County, Maryland on August 15, 2022

Southeast Washington DC remains a no-go zone, even for UPS drivers, as this latest shooting incident points out, which is 1 in 6 shootings that have taken place in the last week, two of them fatal. If this were happening in Hollywood, California, it would be a scandal. But movie stars are people, and victims of the drug war, especially when poor and black, are what Noam Chomsky calls 'unpeople.'

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Is this the little boy I carried
Here with a bullet in his head?
Is this his sister right beside him,
Dead?

When did the city get so violent?
When did it turn a bloody mess?
Wasn't this caused by prohibition?
Answer: yes.

Drug War, Black death
Drug War, Black death
Each day grows the link
Street gangs created out of whole cloth
Bringing us death from Murder Inc.

Drug War, Black death
Drug War, Black death
Racists win the day
Packing minorities in hearses
Carting our hopes and dreams away

Is this my homie with a chest wound
Blood pooling slowly on his lap?
Never again will I believe in
Drug War crap

Drug War, Black death
Drug War, Black death
Each day grows the link
Street gangs created out of whole cloth
Bringing us death from Murder Inc.

Drug War, Black death
Drug War, Black death
When will we think twice?
Drug Law incentivizes dealing
Leading to homicide and vice.
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Jungle Fever

1991
"If you ever use drugs, I'll kill you."

Yes, even the director of "Bamboozled" is bamboozled about drugs. He agrees with the drug warrior lie that there are psychoactive substances in nature that have no positive uses whatsoever, in any place, any time, any context. This superstitious way of thinking has forced me to go without godsend medicine my entire life. Thanks, Spike. Why do you want people to become drug-hating Christian Scientists, exactly? These things that you call "drugs" have inspired entire religions. The conservatives are laughing as they rush to the polls to elect fascists, because they have bamboozled Spike Lee himself to sign off on the drug war which brings death and incarceration to inner city blacks. Throw away that "just say no" teddy bear with which you were bribed in childhood, Spike, and open your eyes.
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8-5-22
Open Letter to Rafael Mangual



Mangual is the author of 'Cities got deadlier in 2020: What's behind the spike in homicides?' in which he never once mentioned the drug war!

Here's my letter to his website:



Hi, Rafael. Just wanted to suggest that you start holding the drug war responsible for inner-city violence -- since substance prohibition incentivized 'dealing' in poor neighborhoods and the guns soon followed. Because no one mentions this 64,000-pound Gorilla, Trump is able to blame the deaths on Democrats, so that, rather than ending the violence-causing drug war, he can begin executing the blacks that drug warriors were previously happy with merely incarcerating.



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All warfare is based on deception, said Sun Tzu. Yes, but what is all deception based on? A mistrust of one's fellows. And how do you combat that, Chris? With empathogens like MDMA and psilocybin.
Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations. London: East India Publishing Company, 2021.
Pious drug warriors have usually thought of Marcus Aurelius as the perfect replacement for bad evil drugs -- but Marcus had his cake and ate it too. He philosophized under the influence of opium (but don't tell the kids!)
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel. New York: Amazon, 2021.
Alice's shroom-powered adventures are a standing reproach to glum-faced drug warriors, who closely resemble the Queen of Hearts, shouting: "Off with their heads, for using godsend medicines of which I disapprove!"
De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium Eater. New York: Dover, 1995.
During De Quincey's informed opium use, he "partook" only weekly in order to better enjoy the opera, making his weekday life happier as well, however, thanks to anticipation of use, a benefit of which materialist science takes no account.
Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner . New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
A stark reminder that the world is living under a nuclear sword of Damocles. And why? Because it demonizes all the godsend medicines (like MDMA and shrooms) that could bring humanity together in universal harmony.
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First-hand accounts of psychological breakthroughs achieved with the guided use of entheogens, suggesting that one-time givens like "character" and "human nature" are far more susceptible to improvement than we thought.
Fleming, Thomas. A Disease in the Public Mind: Why We Fought the Civil War. New York: Da Capo Press, 2014.
The late historian Fleming cites the popular mob-led public "diseases" of Witch-Hunting, Liquor Prohibition, and Communism -- yet says nothing about the Drug War, which was the great disease in the public mind of his own time!!!
Fukuyama, Francis. Liberalism and Its Discontents. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.
Great bipartisan insights, BUT... Francis reckons without the drug war, so, like a good drug warrior, he blames all the ills caused by prohibition on the politically created boogieman called "drugs."
Gottleib, Anthony. The Dream of Enlightenment: the Rise of Modern Philosophy. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.
The author seems unaware of the increasingly clear ability of empathogens like MDMA and shrooms to improve the very human nature which grumps like Hobbes portray as being so irrevocably fixed.
Holland, Julie. Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics. New York: HarperWave, 2020.
Julie claims that Nixon criminalized psychedelics for health reasons. What? That's not the Nixon I know. He said himself that Leary was enemy #1. He was removing "users" from the voting rolls, not protecting them.
Huxley, Aldous. The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell. New York: Penguin Books, 1970.
Huxley's speculations about perception jibe with modern science, which finds that human beings see what is presumably useful to them, not necessarily what is "really there" in the sensory-rich physical world.
Johnson, Paul. The Birth of the Modern. New York: Harper Collins, 1991.
Johnson says that opium caused Samuel Taylor Coleridge's problems. Nonsense. Lack of education and irresponsibility causes problems. As Johnson himself says, most Brits used opium as needed without trouble.
Leary, Timothy. The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead . New York: University Books, 1964.
Americans have been primed by the drug-war zeitgeist to consider everything Leary writes as nonsense. But he was the first one to announce loudly and clearly that what's really nonsensical is to outlaw plant medicine.
Lovecraft, HP. The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. New York: Del Rey Books, 1970.
Lovecraft's work is full of opiate imagery that drug warriors want to render impossible for artists to feel: "I would often drift in opiate peace through the valley and the shadowy groves..." (Ex-Oblivione)
Mate, Gabriel. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2009.
Gabriel moralizes "addiction." Addiction, however, is a political term. One can use psychoactive Big Pharma meds every day and be a good patient -- use heroin every day, however, and you're just escaping "inner pain." What?
Maupassant, Guy de. Le Horla et autres contes fantastiques - Guy de Maupassant: Les classiques du fantastique . Paris: , 2019.
In "La Horla," Maupassant anticipates Huxley by speculating that our perceptual habits blind us to a world of wonders. Many of today's demonized drugs, it appears, can at least partially open our eyes to that world.
McKenna, Terence. Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution . New York: Bantam, 1992.
This was the book that reminded me of what I already vaguely knew: that it is tyrannical insanity for a government to outlaw plants. McKenna's philosophical speculations on why we criminalize inspired me to create abolishthedea.com.
Miller, Richard Louis. Psychedelic Medicine: The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca Kindle . New York: Park Street Press, 2017.
Informative interviews with movers-and-shakers in the field, including Rick Doblin, Stanislav Grof, James Fadiman, David Nichols and Robert Whitaker. Packed with eye-opening one-liners about godsend meds.
Noe, Alvin. Out of our Heads. New York: HiII&Wang,, 2010.
Noe reveals how patients with "locked-in" syndrome have reported being supremely aware of their surroundings during their supposedly brain-dead coma, a fact that puts in question our materialist assumptions about consciousness.
Pinchbeck, Daniel. When Plants Dream. New York: Watkins Publishing, 2019.
I find philosophical problems with most of the books that I read on the subject of psychoactive medicine, but Daniel Pinchbeck is one of the few authors who could teach me a few things on this topic.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Essential Poe. New York: Warbler Classics, 2020.
Because drug warriors never mention the good side of "drugs," we must turn to Poe to learn, for instance, that morphine can bring a surreal appreciation of Mother Nature (see "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains").
Pollan, Michael. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence . New York: Penguin Books, 2018.
Pollan has yet to realize that the very term "drugs" is just a modern pejorative epithet for "plant medicine of which botanically clueless politicians disapprove. "
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Exhaustively researched account of the 19th-century zeitgeist, and yet the word "drugs" (as defined, or rather derided, by today's drug warrior) is never even used. Last century's boogieman was liquor, it seems, not "drugs."
Richards, William. Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences Hardcover. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.
The psychedelic experience was once characterized as pharmacologically induced madness. Richards shows how the properly guided experience can lead to sanity instead -- and a way of life that is not self-destructive.
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The war took place 16 years before anti-Chinese Drug Warriors criminalized the poppy plant, and yet opium is only mentioned with regard to a group of unimaginative volunteers who smoked some and "couldn't see the point."
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Burke was a conservative in a sense, but he would not recognize America's Republican party of today. He would surely have seen that prohibition causes all the problems we ascribe to "drugs," and then some.
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In 1980, the Air Force nearly blew up Arkansas and irradiated half the country. When Reagan took office the next year, what was his priority? Outlawing plant medicine that could make our species less warlike.
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On March 7, 1968, a rogue Soviet submarine nearly blew up Pearl Harbor with a thermonuclear bomb. Instead of launching a war on nukes, then-President Nixon launched a war on medicines that could inspire peace, love and understanding.
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Paraphrase from book: "No one who has not lived for years in a DRUG WAR SOCIETY can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime's calculated and incessant propaganda."
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Despite griping about the weight she's put on from taking her daily 'meds,' Slater gives Big Pharma a big fat mulligan for consigning 1 in 4 American women like herself to a lifetime of chemical dependency on SSRI antidepressants.
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Rick doubts DMT's therapeutic usefulness, but common sense psychology suggests that any break from full-on introspection would be a treat, notwithstanding materialists who aren't even sure that laughing gas could help the depressed!!!
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Filled with inconvenient truths that critics ignore rather than refute, including how politicized science tells us a la God: "Eat of the fruit and you shall die," ignoring the fact that education tells us how to eat of that fruit safely.
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Chock-a-block with all-too-rare common sense: "Doctors, lawyers and politicians started the War on Drugs and continue to wage it, and they are its real beneficiaries -- the drug war's ostensible beneficiaries... are its victims."
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Doesn't mention drugs, but illustrates how drug reform can be stymied by just 3% of the public: namely, those holding stock in Big Pharma, etc., especially when these elites can bribe politicians to retain the status quo.
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Prohibition has facilitated the creation of a psychiatric pill mill upon which 1 in 4 American women are dependent for life. Moreover, these pills cause the chemical imbalances that they purport to fix.
Zuboff , Shoshana. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. New York: Public Affairs, 2019.
Surveillance capitalists and drug warriors share the same goal: to keep human beings predictable: one by rendering us more robot-like and the other by denying us the mind-improving blessings of psychoactive medicine


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What You Can Do: Bloody disgusting fact: The Drug War brought almost 800 deaths to Chicago in 2021 by incentivizing the hugely profitable sale of psychoactive medicine in poor communities. And now Trump and his fellow fascist drug warriors want to use that violence as an excuse to KILL drug dealers via execution! Any community leaders supporting the drug war are complicit in this genocide. For as Heather Ann Thompson wrote in The Atlantic in 2014: "Without the War on Drugs, the level of gun violence that plagues so many poor inner-city neighborhoods today simply would not exist."



How America can end inner-city homicides overnight in three easy steps:

  1. Re-legalize Mother Nature's plant medicines
  2. Treat substance abuse as a health problem
  3. Buy back inner-city guns at double their purchase price (even triple the price would be a huge bargain in the long run)

This will, of course, be a huge sacrifice for everyday Americans, who do love their drug war, bless them.






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