Essay date: August 22, 2020

Karolina Zieba just doesn't get it

about America's Drug War that is

Karolina Zieba and the Student Newspaper just don't get it when it comes to the drug war.

ead all about it in What Liberals ALWAYS get wrong about the Drug War!

Extra! Extra! Karolina Zieba just doesn't get it about drugs. Fails to realize that they are simply Mother Nature's godsends and that therefore the Drug War is Christian Science Sharia. Clear the drug-war mental fog by reading What Liberals ALWAYS get wrong about the Drug War!

Extra! Extra! Karolina Zieba parrots the party line about drugs! Find out more by reading What Liberals ALWAYS get wrong about the Drug War!

Karolina wrote the article entitled "In case you choose not to say no to drugs, kids" published online in the Student Newspaper on September 10, 2018. The title alone shows you how bamboozled Karolina is by Drug Warrior hypocrisy, propaganda and outright lies.

Here is my latest letter to The Student Newspaper, protesting their publishing of Drug War lies and propaganda...

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Dear Editors of the Student Newspaper: Your article from 2018 about the Drug War misses the point entirely.

It is wrong to tell children to say no to drugs: that is Christian Science indoctrination. It's like telling them they should say no to aspirin and antihistamines. Certainly, they should not use such substances ill-advisedly, but it is a mere religious and political directive to tell them to say no to such substances. Besides, the whole Drug War is immensely hypocritical. It tells us to say "no" to godsend psychedelics that can save lives, emotionally speaking, all while it completely ignores the problem of drug addiction that Big Pharma has created, thanks to which 1 in 4 American women are addicted to Big Pharma meds.

If we're going to start telling kids how to live their lives as adults, let's begin by telling them to say "no" to Big Pharma antidepressants. But, of course, Drug Warriors like Karolina don't mean "blessed medicines" like antidepressants when she uses the political term "drugs."

Someday, outlets like the Student Newspaper will stop printing this kind of Christian Science propaganda, designed to make us think of Mother Nature as a drug kingpin.

My elderly mother has suffered unnecessarily from depression for decades and been addicted to Big Pharma meds for anxiety -- all because the DEA tells us to say "no" to Mother Nature's godsends -- almost all of which are far less addictive than what pharma companies crank out -- and yet we think it's moral to tell children to say "no" to nature's godsends? To the contrary, it's immoral to do so.

Wake up, Student Newspaper: Articles like Karolina's are part of the problem. In fact, they ARE the problem: the problem of the Drug War and the illogical and superstitious way that it makes us think about psychoactive substances.

Please learn some inconvenient truths like the following before you "green light" any further articles of this kind that Karolina wrote back in 2018. Until you take the following facts "on board," your newspaper is only "muddying the waters" when it comes to giving America a clear understanding of the politically motivated Drug War:

There was no drug problem in Ancient Egypt. There was no drug problem in Ancient Mesopotamia. There was no drug problem in Ancient Greece. There was no drug problem in Ancient Rome. There was no drug problem in the Mongol Empire. There was no drug problem during the Viking era.

Why not? Because until 1914 and the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act, people were judged by how they actually behaved, not by what substances they had in their digestive systems.

More inconvenient truths for Drug Warriors:

Freud used cocaine and praised it to the skies for fighting depression and helping him achieve self-actualization in life. Benjamin Franklin used opium. Francis Crick discovered the DNA helix with help from liberal doses of psychedelics. The entire Vedic religion was founded to worship the insights provided by a psychedelic plant.

JFK and his wife used amphetamines in order to "stay fresh" -- at the same time that normal citizens could have been jailed for doing so, especially if there were aggravating circumstances, such as a suspect failing to be a white person.

Meanwhile, the DEA bans research on medical godsend plants that could help in the fight against Alzheimer's -- and KAROLINA DOES NOT EVEN MENTION THIS!!!

Please, un-bamboozle yourself and start publishing articles that speak the truth about the anti-scientific Drug War -- which is also a violation of natural law, in case your reporters are looking for a new angle that they've obviously never thought of.

Why not write a belated article protesting the DEA's seizure of Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants in 1987? Jefferson was rolling in his grave -- since that was not just robbery, it was a coup: a coup against the kind of republic that Jefferson had founded: one under natural law, according to which government could not take away basic rights -- including our right to the plants and fungi that grow at our very feet. (In case it's not self-evident to you that plants are ours by right, check out John Locke's Second Treatise of Government on this topic.)

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You have been reading essays by the Drug War Philosopher, Brian Quass, at Brian is the founder of The Drug War Gift Shop, where artists can feature and sell their protest artwork online. He has also written for Sociodelic and is the author of The Drug War Comic Book, which contains 150 political cartoons illustrating some of the seemingly endless problems with the war on drugs -- many of which only Brian seems to have noticed, by the way, judging by the recycled pieties that pass for analysis these days when it comes to "drugs." That's not surprising, considering the fact that the category of "drugs" is a political category, not a medical or scientific one.

A "drug," as the world defines the term today, is "a substance that has no good uses for anyone, ever, at any time, under any circumstances" -- and, of course, there are no substances of that kind: even cyanide and the deadly botox toxin have positive uses: a war on drugs is therefore unscientific at heart, to the point that it truly qualifies as a superstition, one in which we turn inanimate substances into boogie-men and scapegoats for all our social problems.

The Drug War is, in fact, the philosophical problem par excellence of our time, premised as it is on a raft of faulty assumptions (notwithstanding the fact that most philosophers today pretend as if the drug war does not exist). It is a war against the poor, against minorities, against religion, against science, against the elderly, against the depressed, against those in pain, against children in hospice care, and against philosophy itself. It outlaws substances that have inspired entire religions, Nazifies the English language and militarizes police forces nationwide.

It bans the substances that inspired William James' ideas about human consciousness and the nature of ultimate reality. In short, it causes all of the problems that it purports to solve, and then some, meanwhile violating the Natural Law upon which Thomas Jefferson founded America. (Surely, Jefferson was rolling over in his grave when Ronald Reagan's DEA stomped onto Monticello in 1987 and confiscated the founding father's poppy plants.)

If you believe in freedom and democracy, in America and around the world, please stay tuned for more philosophically oriented broadsides against the outrageous war on godsend medicines, AKA the war on drugs.

Brian Quass
The Drug War Philosopher

PS The drug war has not failed: to the contrary, it has succeeded, insofar as its ultimate goal was to militarize police forces around the world and help authorities to ruthlessly eliminate those who stand in the way of global capitalism. For more, see Drug War Capitalism by Dawn Paley.

Rather than apologetically decriminalizing selected plants, we should be demanding the immediate restoration of Natural Law, according to which "The earth, and all that is therein, is given to men for the support and comfort of their being." (John Locke)

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  • Brereton, William "The Truth about Opium / Being a Refutation of the Fallacies of the Anti-Opium Society and a Defence of the Indo-China Opium Trade"2017 Anna Ruggieri
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  • St John, Graham "Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT"2021
  • Szasz, Thomas "Interview With Thomas Szasz: by Randall C. Wyatt"0
  • Wedel, Janine "Unaccountable: How the Establishment Corrupted Our Finances, Freedom and Politics and Created an Outsider Class"2014 Pegasus Books
  • Weil, Andrew "From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs"2004 Open Road Integrated Media
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