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Put the DEA on Trial

for crimes against humanity

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher




April 6, 2019

hen it comes to the DEA, I say, "LOCK THEM UP!"

Before saying goodbye to the DEA, we should publicly try its leadership in court for having knowingly barred millions of depressed Americans from receiving priceless therapy. How did the DEA do this? By scheduling these drugs based on political motivations, completely ignoring to this day the well-documented benefits of drugs like LSD and psilocybin to change lives for the better in a positive and medically monitored setting. The drugs that the DEA says have no benefits have inspired entire religions and been used by such luminaries as Benjamin Franklin and Marcus Aurelius, HG Wells and Jules Verne, these two duos have enjoyed opium and coca wine respectively. Plato got his view of the afterlife
from the psychedelic-fueled Eleusinian Mysteries. And the Vedic religion was inspired by psychoactive plant medicine.

In other words, the DEA is knowingly lying about these substances when it says they have no potential beneficial uses. They are thereby denying hundreds of millions around the world of godsend medicine, since imperialist America enforces its jaundiced Christian Science view of psychoactive medicine around the globe by financial blackmail and threat of invasion -- except, of course, in countries like Russia and China, whose dictators love the Drug War because it gives them an excuse to crack down still further on their own people as politics demands.


Liberal critics of the Drug War keep saying that it's failed, but the Drug War never had a right to succeed.

It was wrong from the start to ban naturally occurring substances, the gifts of Mother Nature, the birthright of humanity, especially when these substances are banned for political motives. If Americans have any birthright, they surely have a right to the medicinal and nourishing output of Mother Nature and cannot be rightfully separated from that bounty by coercion.


Richard Nixon's political assessment of such drugs remains on the books today, thanks to the fact that the self-dealing DEA, an agency that exists to "fight drugs," is the same organization tasked with deciding the legal status of drugs. That's the mother of all conflicts of interests, one that will continue to eat away at the democratic process until the DEA is excised from the body politic.


But there's one class of Drug War victim that's rarely recognized today: that is the millions of depressed persons who have gone without effective medications for decades now thanks to Richard Nixon's politically motivated scheduling and slandering of psychoactive substances.


What's the cause of depression in America?

The DEA. By denying Americans the medicines that have been shown to dramatically ease that malady.

But the DEA will only be held accountable when politicians start valuing patient outcomes over political outcomes.

While we're at it, we should try Former DEA chief John C. Lawn personally for crimes against humanity. He was the agency head who poisoned marijuana in the '80s with paraquat, a weed killer that has since been shown to cause Parkinson's disease. (You'll recall that the weed-friendly Robin Williams acquired that disease shortly before his death.)






May 20, 2022

Brian (bless him) apparently wrote this before the real penny dropped, before he recognized, that is, that the Drug War was a violation of the Natural Law upon which Thomas Jefferson founded America. For we know that John Locke himself (Jefferson's "go-to" man on Natural Law) declared in his Second Treatise on Government that human beings have a right to "the use of the land and all that lies therein." So we might say that the criminalization of the poppy plant in 1914 was the original sin of the Drug War, by means of which America (and sadly the entire world) adopted an irrational and anti-scientific attitude toward psychoactive substances that has ever since produced nothing but violence and (ironically) addiction, partly because it emphasizes fear over education and partly because prohibition cleared the way for Big Pharma to create a psychiatric pill mill to addict America. As I write this, one in four American women must take a Big Pharma med every day of their life, some of which are harder to kick than heroin. Why? Because they muck about with brain chemistry by causing the chemical imbalances that they purport to fix (see Anatomy of an Epidemic by Richard Whitaker.)

Speaking of Jefferson, that reminds me of another crime for which the DEA should be punished: the fact that they stormed onto Jefferson's estate at Monticello in 1987 and confiscated the founding father's poppy plants, thereby enacting a daylight coup against the very concept of Natural Law, a disgrace to which the Monticello Foundation readily acceded, thereby disowning and dishonoring the very Jeffersonian legacy that they pretend to be protecting.

Here's another reason to throw DEA officials into the same overcrowded jails in which they have locked up millions of minorities for the last half-century: because Americans know from the liquor wars that prohibition creates violence, and yet the DEA has continued quite knowingly to promote that deadly policy, thereby creating gangs and cartels just as surely as liquor prohibition created the Mafia, bringing about the deaths of over 800 black Chicagoans by gun violence in 2021 alone, 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."

Let's add to that charge the deaths in the civil wars in South America that our imperialistic prohibition has created out of whole cloth, and the above-mentioned addiction crisis, and the fact that the Drug War censors science, and that it leaves millions -- indeed billions -- around the globe without godsend medicines, some of which grow at their very feet. Oh, did I mention that the Drug War created the gangs and cartels over which we Americans hypocritically wring our hands today, just as surely as liquor prohibition created the Mafia.

It's time therefore to hold the DEA hierarchy personally responsible for crimes against humanity -- as well as crimes against Americans in particular, from whom they have unconstitutionally taken away our Jeffersonian natural right to the bounty of Mother Nature.

June 22, 2022

Did I mention that the DEA steals elections for fascists by disfranchising millions of minorities, and why? Because they used plant medicine of which racist politicians disapprove, this despite the fact that the medicines in question have inspired entire religions in the past.

The Drug War is all about making Americans fear psychoactive substances rather than understand them. Joe Biden's Office of National Drug Control Policy actually FORBIDS the consideration of positive news about substances that the government has demonized as "drugs." Scientists are forbidden to research these scapegoat substances, which is a censorship worse than the Church practiced on Galileo, since Galileo at least REALIZED that he was being censored. Americans have been so bamboozled by over 100 years of "drug" demonization that they don't even realize that their freedom has been emasculated by an anti-scientific plot to scapegoat medicines that have inspired entire religions -- thereby blinding America to countless potential treatments and cures for everything from Alzheimer's to depression.




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A pharmacologically savvy drug dealer would have no problem getting someone off one drug because they would use the common sense practice of fighting drugs with drugs. But materialist doctors would rather that the patient suffer than to use such psychologically obvious methods.
I know. I'm on SNRIs. But SSRIs and SNRIs are both made with materialist presumptions in mind: that the best way to change people is with a surgical strike at one-size-fits-all chemistry. That's the opposite of the shamanic holism that I favor.
"I can take this drug that inspires me and makes me compassionate and teaches me to love nature in its byzantine complexity, or I can take Prozac which makes me unable to cry at my parents' funeral. Hmm. Which shall it be?" Only a mad person in a mad world would choose SSRIs.
This hysterical reaction to rare negative events actually creates more rare negative events. This is why the DEA publicizes "drug problems," because by making them well known, they make the problems more prevalent and can thereby justify their huge budget.
How else will they scare us enough to convince us to give up all our freedoms for the purpose of fighting horrible awful evil DRUGS? DRUGS is the sledgehammer with which they are destroying American democracy.
Folks point to the seemingly endless drugs that can be synthesized today and say it's a reason for prohibition. To the contrary, it's the reason why prohibition is madness. It results in an endless game of militaristic whack-a-mole at the expense of democratic freedoms.
America created a whole negative morality around "drugs" starting in 1914. "Users" became fiends and were as helpless as a Christian sinner -- in need of grace from a higher power. Before prohibition, these "fiends" were habitues, no worse than Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson.
The American Philosophy Association should make itself useful and release a statement saying that the drug war is based on fallacious reasoning, namely, the idea that substances can be bad in themselves, without regard for why, when, where and/or how they are used.
Materialist scientists cannot triumph over addiction because their reductive focus blinds them to the obvious: namely, that drugs which cheer us up ACTUALLY DO cheer us up. Hence they keep looking for REAL cures while folks kill themselves for want of laughing gas and MDMA.
To put it another way: in a sane world, we would learn to strategically fight drugs with drugs.
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COPS: TV Show for Racist Drug Warriors
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A Misguided Tour of Monticello
How the Jefferson Foundation Betrayed Thomas Jefferson



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