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Essay date: September 28, 2022

Michael Pollan on Drugs

by Brian Quass, the Drug War Philosopher
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Michael Pollan is a great writer when it comes to giving the world an inkling of the power of psychoactive medicines to 'change minds' for the better, and yet he is holding his punches when it comes to combating the Drug War. Indeed, his book about changing minds strikes a very cautious tone about reforming laws that he himself was violating as part of his own research into the subject of psychedelics. After expressing a hope that psychedelics will "someday" become more available, he goes on to worry about the potential for "bad trips" for American young people. That is one reasonable concern, of course, but like everyone else these days (the media, politicians, and academia) he considers this the one and only concern, thereby paying incredibly short shrift to the needs and desires of the millions - indeed billions - who are going without godsend cures even as we speak, folks who will never be featured in dramatic press accounts because rare but spectacular cases of drug misuse are far more newsworthy these days than the silent psychological suffering of millions. Why is a hypothetical threat to the well-being of a relatively small handful of poorly educated white American youths so much more worrisome to Michael than the silent suffering of hundreds of millions of people experiencing severe anxiety and depression?

Moreover, it's not clear why Michael thinks that the status quo is going to help things when the MO of the Drug War is not to educate people about safe use, but rather to keep users in ignorance of the psychoactive drugs that they use. The Office of National Drug Control Policy actually was founded on a charter that forbids it from considering beneficial uses of the substances that politicians have pejoratively designated as "drugs." It is therefore a propaganda arm of the US government, not a health and safety arm. (Likewise in England, where Psychiatrist DJ Nutt was fired for daring to say that some criminalized plant medicines were safer than Big Pharma meds when it came to treating psychological conditions. He wasn't fired for lying: he was fired for failing to toe the drug-war party line according to which substances that we label "drugs" have no good uses, for anyone, ever, at any time. Of course, in reality, there are no such substances on planet earth. Even the deadly Botox toxin can be used wisely for the benefit of humankind.)

I'm writing this as a chronically depressed 64-year-old American who has been denied godsend plant medicine his entire life thanks to the fearmongering of Drug Warriors, thanks to which I was shunted off onto Big Pharma meds four decades ago and have been chemically dependent on those ineffective but mind-numbing medicines ever since, including a ten-year stint when I struggled to "get off" of the Valium that I was prescribed. I've yet to find a Drug Warrior who finds my own fate to be problematic; they're too busy worrying about potential downsides for American kids who might be given free access to Mother Nature, completely ignoring every other consideration on earth, including the fact that Drug War ideology has spawned civil wars overseas and so demonized drugs like morphine that some hospices will allow children to suffer rather than to prescribe that drug for them on their death beds.

How long are folks like myself to continue waiting for pharmacologically clueless politicians to green-light the use of plant medicine, which many of us feel they had no right to outlaw in the first place, that being an obvious contravention of Natural Law, which, according to Locke himself, gives us a right to the use of the earth "and all that lies therein"? Michael says, "Not so fast," when it comes to legalization, but some of us have already waited a full lifetime while America tries to wrap its mind around the fact that drugs which have inspired entire religions might actually have some beneficial uses after all. In fact, the outlawing of such drugs is a violation of religious freedom because it criminalizes the very fountainhead of the religious impulse, as soma inspired the Vedic-Hindu religion, mushrooms inspired Mayan worship, and coca leaf was divine in the life of the Inca.

My answer to Michael is, we never had a right to outlaw the bounty of Mother Nature in the first place, ask the ghost of Thomas Jefferson, which was rolling in its grave when the DEA stomped onto Monticello in 1987 and confiscated the Founding Father's poppy plants, in a scene right out of a Ray Bradbury story, the government confiscating plants instead of burning books. So if we're worried about "bad trips," then the answer must be education, not criminalization. But even if Michael disagrees with that conclusion, surely the disastrous downsides of the Drug War should make that modern witch hunt an enemy of all rational thinkers, for substance prohibition has incentivized a drug trade which has armed inner cities to the teeth, killing blacks by the thousands each year, including 797 in Chicago in 2021. It has arrested and disfranchised millions of blacks, thereby leading to the election of drug-war zealots like Donald Trump, who now want to execute the blacks that the Drug Warrior was formerly happy merely to incarcerate.

The Drug War has censored scientists and resulted in a "mind medicine" monopoly for Big Pharma that has led to the creation of a psychiatric pill mill upon which 1 in 4 American women are now chemically dependent for life. It has Nazified our language, turning fellow Americans into "scumbags" and encouraging us to cheer on the DEA agent in movies where she shoots an unarmed "drug dealer" at point-blank range, all because he was selling a plant medicine that the Peruvian Indians have used for millennia to successfully combat the sorts of psychological problems that drug-war academia still considers to be insoluble. Why? Because American researchers self-censor themselves, refusing (like the ONDCP itself) to even consider the positive use of the substances that we have demonized and criminalized for political reasons. They know that they could meet the same fate as Dr. DJ Nutt if they dare to point out that, say, the Peruvian Indians might have been "onto something" when it comes to their time-honored chewing of the coca leaf to increase endurance and spiritual harmony.

Michael seems at least to sense that the Drug War is problematic. He speaks favorably of the new movement to "decriminalize Mother Nature." But he fails to realize that the drug-war is wrong root and branch, for it teaches us to fear and demonize substances rather than to understand them. Most Americans, for instance, make no distinction between using cocaine and chewing the coca leaf, and yet these are two different drugs. Yes, the coca leaf contains the cocaine alkaloid, but to demonize it on that account is like demonizing peaches because they contain prussic acid. We need to teach honestly about all psychoactive substances, their upsides and downsides, both objective and subjective, rather than giving some drugs (like alcohol and anti-depressants) a huge Mulligan when it comes to criticism, meanwhile lambasting super-safe drugs like Ecstasy for merely being connected to a mere handful of deaths -- deaths which were caused by the Drug War itself, which discouraged honest talk and research about drugs and so thwarted the creation of safe-use guidelines that would have protected the victims in question.

In conclusion, I just watched a 2019 documentary entitled "Fantastic Fungi," featuring enlightened-sounding insights by Michael Pollan, but chiefly hosted by mycologist superstar Paul Stamets. The entrepreneurial Ohioan related how he cured his chronic childhood stuttering problem in one afternoon after ingesting what he has subsequently learned was an unusually large dose of the shrooms. i repeat: He cured his chronic childhood stuttering problem in one afternoon. How? Because the shroom experience somehow helped him to step outside his problems and to see them as the impediments to his life that they were. Inspired by this insight, he was then able to rise above the knee-jerk tendency to stutter and to tell himself authoritatively: "You will stop stuttering!" And it worked.

I did not stutter as a teenager, but I had my own issues for which the externalization of the self that Paul experienced could have worked wonders for me as a kid, absolute wonders, giving me insights that it has instead taken me a lifetime of painful missteps to obtain. Such an experience could have changed my entire life for the better and saved me from a lifetime addiction to Big Pharma meds, thanks to which I have become a ward of the healthcare state, with all of the expensive and demoralizing downsides which that entails. Every three months of my life, I have to visit a stranger who is one-third my age and tell her my innermost feelings in order to get approval to receive another 3-month supply of expensive brain-numbing "meds," for the DEA so demonizes psychoactive medicines (even legal ones) that they still don't trust me to use even Big Pharma wisely after 40 long years! You would think that "drugs" were fissionable material, not medicines.

That's why I am bothered when authorities like Michael Pollan tell me that I still have to wait for the privilege of accessing the medicines that grow at my very feet. Enough waiting. The government has already succeeded in denying me the godsends I needed for an entire lifetime. Let's spare the youths of the future and start educating them how to use psychoactive substances safely, rather than lying to them by suggesting, as per Drug War ideology, that the safe and beneficial use of demonized substances is impossible.

Author's Follow-up: September 29, 2022






Three more points:

1) If America cannot live with the fact that the world is full of psychoactive medicines from Mother Nature, then there is something wrong with America, not with psychoactive medicines, demonize them as we will with the pejorative term "drugs."

2) Even if we believe that the Drug War makes sense for America (which I find an horrendous conclusion, especially for a botanist to endorse), can we possibly be humble enough to allow other countries to disagree? Does Mother Nature worldwide have to be off-limits because botanically clueless politicians in America have decided to demonize her rather than benefit from her? Does the entire world really have to profess the religion of Christian Science with respect to psychoactive medicines?

3) Do Drug Warriors realize they are outlawing our only chance of avoiding nuclear annihilation by outlawing precisely those substances that could help human beings live peaceably with one another?

Straight from a DEA agent: 'You can't win an unwinnable war,' he said. 'The drug war is a game. … It was a very fun game that we were playing.' -- DEA’s most corrupt agent: Parties, sex amid 'unwinnable war'

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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.

Drug War Victim of the Day

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.'

Source: WTOP news
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Drug War, Black Death

07/05/22





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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Andrew, Christopher. The Secret World: A History of Intelligence. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.
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!)

Barrett, Damon. Children of the Drug War: Perspectives on the Impact of Drug Polices on Young People. : IDEBATE Press, 2011.
In which we learn how over 150 countries withhold godsend pain medicine from dying kids in the name of the drug war ideology of substance demonization.

Bilton, Anton. DMT Entity Encounters: Dialogues on the Spirit Molecule. Vermonth: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company, 2021.
America spends millions on SETI and billions on NASA looking for alien beings -- and yet we ignore the world of world of inner visions with which naturally occurring substances seem determined to put us in touch

Boullosa , Carmen. A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the 'Mexican Drug War'. New York: OR Books, 2016.
How the US Drug War and Its Mexican Collaborators caused the so-called Mexican Drug that has killed over a hundred thousand

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. India: Anna Ruggieri, 2017.

Carpenter, Ted Galen. The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2012.

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!"

Crowley, Aleister. Aleister Crowley: Quotes. n/a: Goodreads.com, 2022.
Science is censored in a Drug War. They cover only the downsides of psychoactive medicine. That's why we need to learn the upsides of use from unconventional sources, like Lovecraft, Poe and Aleister Crowley.

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.

Fadiman, James. The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys . New York: Park Street Press, 2011.
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.

Filan, Kenaz. The Power of the Poppy: Harnessing Nature's Most Dangerous Plant Ally. Rochester, Vermoont: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company, 2011.
Psst! Don't tell anyone. This book actually talks about beneficial uses of the plant medicine that used to be in almost every medicine cabinet in England. That situation couldn't last long under unfettered capitalism.

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.

Griffiths, William. Psilocybin: A Trip into the World of Magic Mushrooms. Annapolis: William Griffiths, 2021.

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.

Mortimer MD, W. Golden. Coca: Divine Plant of the Incas. Berkeley, California: Ronin Publishing, 2017.
Mortimer reveals how Coca leaf chewing was to the long-lived Peruvian Indians what coffee drinking is to modern society. It provided them with endurance and social cohesion, just as coffee provides us with ambition and competitiveness.

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.

Paley, Dawn. Drug War Capitalism. Chico, California: AK Press, 2014.
Substance prohibition causes all of the problems that it purports to solve, and then some. Nowhere is this more true than in Latin America, as Dawn Paley describes in painstaking detail.

Partridge, Chiristopher. Alistair Crowley on Drugs. unknown: uploaded by Misael Hernandez, 2021.
Because of drug war self-censorship, we have to turn to renegades like Alistair Crowley to learn the positive sides of so-called 'drug' use.

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. "

Reynolds, David S.. Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville . New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
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.

Rosenfeld, Harvey. Diary of a Dirty Little War: The Spanish-American War of 1898 . Connecticut: Praeger, 2000.
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."

Rudgley, Richard. The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances. New York: Macmillan Publishers, 2014.
Hurray to Rudgley for failing to dance to the Drug Warrior's tune and name his book "The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs." Instead, he refers to "drugs" as substances, removing all the value judgments with which prohibitionists seek to demonize the sub

Russell, Kirk. Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered. New York: Arlington House, 1967.
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.

Schlosser, Erich. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. New York: Penguin, 2014.
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.

Sewell, Kenneth. Red Star Rogue: The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine's Nuclear Strike Attempt on the U.S. . New York: Pocket Star, 2006.
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.

Shirer, William. The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler. New York: RosettaBooks, 2011.
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."

Slater, Lauren. Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds. Back Bay Books: Boston, 2019.
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.

Straussman, Rick. DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences . New York: Park Street Press, 2001.
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!!!

Szasz, Thomas. Ceremonial Chemistry: the ritual persecution of drugs, addicts, and pushers. New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1974.
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.

Szasz, Thomas. Our Right to Drugs: The case for a free market. New York: Praeger, 1992.
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."

Tyler, George R.. Billionaire Democracy: The Hijacking of the American Political System. Michigan: Pegasus Books, 2016.
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.

Wedel, Janine. Unaccountable: How the Establishment Corrupted Our Finances, Freedom and Politics and Created an Outsider Class. : Pegasus Books, 2014.

Whitaker, Robert. Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America . New York: Crown, 2010.
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


Welcome to THE DRUG WAR PHILOSOPHER: essays against America's bloody war on plant medicine, aka the drug war, which is anti-patient, anti-minority, anti-children, anti-elderly, anti-science, anti-mother nature, imperialistic, the establishment of the Christian Science religion, a violation of the natural law upon which America was founded, and a childish and counterproductive way of looking at the world, one which causes all of the problems that it purports to solve, and then some. Calling for fact not fear, education not demonization.

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.

Here are two additional steps for good measure:
  1. Replace pill-pushing psychiatrists with pharmacologically savvy empaths
  2. Replace the Drug Enforcement Agency with the Drug EDUCATION Agency






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