To End America's Christian Science War on Plant Medicine
ee what I did there? I titled this article without even using the word "drugs," since that word itself is a Drug Warrior creation, at least in the hypocritically selective way that it is used in 21st-century America. (See "The Word 'Drugs' is a Political Term" for more on this seldom-mentioned outrage.)
But if you want to fight the REAL drug problem... (the fact that America has made a superstitious scapegoat out of this thing that they call "drugs," thereby creating a whole new movie genre worth of unnecessary violence both at home and abroad)... then here are some ideas about how you can fight back.
Support organizations like MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and the Drug Policy Alliance.
Stay tuned to this page for more ideas about how you can fight back against America's state religion of Christian Science, aka the Drug War, coming up in 2021.
Finally, check back here in January 2021 in order to purchase my Drug War Comic Book, which satirically skewers the Drug War from every imaginable angle - plus several unimaginable angles as well, judging by the fact that I seem to be the first to have noticed some of the nonsense that my political cartoons point out.
No, this is not just some shameless plug on my part in order to sell books: this is a calculated scheme to place my philosophical broadsides (now in convenient cartoon format!) on coffee tables around the world, so the next time that you're entertaining guests and they start spouting Drug War lies (like the "fact" that substances fry the brain the minute that they are outlawed by racist politicians...) you can simply draw attention to those cartoons of mine that rebut the propaganda in question.
Tired of dull coffee klatches? Set my Drug War Comic Book out on the coffee table and let the feathers fly. If your guests leave in a huff, so what? At least you will now realize that they are part of the problem. But if they're half as intelligent as you think that they are, you should be able to use my book to deprogram them methodically, disabusing them of one drug-war piety after another, until they voluntarily renounce their membership in America's Cult of the Drug War.
What is this comic book of which I speak? Well, I'm glad you asked. Below is a sneak preview of the upcoming full-color tome that will finally hold Drug Warriors up to the philosophical ridicule that they so richly deserve.
You have been reading essays by the Drug War Philosopher, Brian Quass, at abolishthedea.com. 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.
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. Oh, and did I mention that most Drug Warriors these days would never get elected were it not for the Drug War itself, which threw hundreds of thousands of their political opposition in jail? Trump was right for the wrong reasons: elections are being stolen in America, but the number-one example of that fact is his own narrow victory in 2016, which could never have happened without the existence of laws that were specifically written to keep Blacks and minorities from voting. The Drug War, in short, is a cancer on the body politic.
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)
Andrew, Christopher "The Secret World: A History of Intelligence" 2019 Yale University Press
Aurelius, Marcus "Meditations" 2021 East India Publishing Company