(From my December 26, 2010 Blog Post)
The New York Times has this article on the latest WikiLeaks release, Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency:
WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables.
In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be hard to tell the politicians from the traffickers, and where drug rings are themselves mini-states whose wealth and violence permit them to run roughshod over struggling governments.
This is an example of how pathological a statist society such as ours can become, and the totalitarian lengths bureaucrats will go to in order to sweep the truth under the rug. The truth is that it is not the role of government to dictate what chemicals the people may or may not ingest. And when you start imposing such dictates, you get nothing but trouble.
Laurence Vance has this great piece on FFF, The Moral Case for Drug Freedom. It’s probably the best case I’ve seen for ending the War on Drugs. It is a case for freedom.
…All freedom-loving Americans should oppose the DEA and its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, its 21 domestic field divisions, its 227 field offices, its 86 foreign offices in 62 countries, its academy at the Quantico Marine base, its administrator, its deputy administrator, its chief of operations, its chief inspector, its chief financial officer, its chief counsel, its assistant administrators, its 10,000 employees, its 5,500 special agents, its foreign-deployed advisory and support teams, its mobile enforcement teams, its Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program (DCE/SP) (which eradicates millions of cultivated outdoor and indoor cannabis plants every year and seizes millions of dollars of cultivator assets), its $2.5 billion budget, and its Office of Aviation Operations with its 106 aircraft and 124 pilots…
…Practical and utilitarian arguments against the drug war are important, but not as important as the moral argument for the freedom to use or abuse drugs for freedom’s sake. The moral case for drug freedom is simply the case for freedom. Freedom to use one’s property as one sees fit. Freedom to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor in whatever way one deems appropriate. Freedom to use one’s body in the manner of one’s choosing. Freedom to follow one’s own moral code. Freedom from being taxed to fund government tyranny. Freedom from government intrusion into one’s personal life. Freedom to be left alone.
It is those of us who advocate the liberty to take drugs and a free market in drugs who are taking the moral high ground. How can anyone with any sense of morality support seizing someone’s property, destroying his family, and locking him up in a cage to be raped and humiliated for smoking a plant the government doesn’t approve of? What kind of a moral code contains stipulations like that? The case for drug freedom is a moral case because the war on drugs is a war on natural, civil, personal, and constitutional rights…
So he means the freedom to do what you want with your life, as long as you don’t interfere with anyone else’s life, liberty or property. But one thing he doesn’t really touch on that much is the aspect of personal responsibility in the context of drugs, including alcohol, which I have addressed several times here, particularly in this piece. There, I noted that many conservatives support the War on Drugs (but not alcohol or tobacco which can be just as deadly) because they oppose the idea of personal responsibility. The conservatives love their authoritarian police state, but combined with the nanny state that asserts that people are incapable of accepting personal responsibility for their decisions and actions and need the State to relieve them of that personal responsibility and take care of them.
Well, I believe that a truly free society is one that encourages maturity and personal responsibility with that freedom: If you choose to ingest a particular drug or chemical, for whatever reason, then you must take responsibility for the consequences of your decisions and actions. If one smokes marijuana, snorts cocaine, injects heroin, (or drinks alcohol for that matter), and one gets into an accident that results in the death or injury of another, then one would be risking being permanently banished from that society. Sending the irresponsible, dangerous ones off to an island is something I have suggested. And I’m not talking about “taking drugs and driving” as a crime because it’s not a crime if one has harmed no one, just like drinking and driving is not a crime because there is no victim in the act of drinking and driving — in such cases people have the right to be left alone. I mean that, if one has been in an accident that causes others harm, and it is found that one has ingested mind- or body-altering chemicals before the accident, then banish them from society. The risk is up to the individual. If you don’t want to take that risk, then don’t operate a big machine or vehicle after ingesting those chemicals.
And by “drugs,” we really need to be consistent, and refer also to prescription drugs. I have become a staunch opponent of prescription drugs, unless it’s an emergency or one is in an life-threatening health situation and there is no alternative. Doctors too easily hand out prescriptions like candy, including to kids. Oh, please don’t get me started on the schools and teachers what they’re doing to the kids these days. They’re labeling kids first, which is bad enough, and then they’re destroying the kids’ motivation, energy and their very personality with this Ritalin and other drugs that kids shouldn’t be getting.
So, I’m for total drug freedom and responsibility. And as far as prescriptions, there shouldn’t even be such a thing as a “prescription,” a doctor’s permission to get a drug. What are we, babies? If one wants a particular drug, then the local drug store should have whatever anyone wants. You shouldn’t be required to get a doctor’s permission for something. People need to inform themselves on these drugs, and the chemicals and what they do or could do. But strong drugs and what are known as “hard” drugs should be discouraged in a mature, responsible, evolved modern society. We need to bring back shame, and shaming people into not taking drugs (or drinking booze, in my opinion).
A big problem has been those doctors handing out prescriptions like candy, as I mentioned. And that’s because they get these free samples from the drug companies, in order to get people started on the drugs, so they’ll get hooked. These greedy drug companies, known as Big Pharma, are no better than the street corner drug dealer pushing drugs on today’s youths. Big Pharma want as many people getting hooked on their poisonous products as possible, because the profits they make are extremely important to them, regardless of the human costs on society. Worse than that is the Big Pharma-Big Government complex, the way these drug company sleazebags use the power of government to restrict the competition to protect their high profits.
Even worse than all that is the corruption involved, like with the revolving door between Big Pharma execs and the FDA, approving drugs that are harmful, and disapproving ones that aren’t. There shouldn’t be an FDA, but that’s a different story. Just recently, I wrote about a guest on George Noory’s show:
George Noory this morning interviewed food and drug law specialist Jonathan Emord regarding the FDA’s knowingly approving harmful prescription drugs, such as GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-diabetic drug Avandia, in which FDA testers repeatedly warned of harmful side effects only to be ignored by the bought-and-paid-for FDA head honchos. Emord cited a tester/reviewer who had claimed that a superior told him that the drug companies “are our customers,” and therefore the FDA was obligated to approve what they wanted approved.
Greedy sleazebags. And regarding bringing back shaming, we need to put shame on these greedy sleazebag corporate hacks for pushing bad stuff onto people for the sake of their own selfish profits. They’re the disgusting ones of society. And get rid of this nanny police state corporate fascism, and bring back Liberty and individual rights, freedom and responsibility.
What really gets me is these corporate fascists trying to suppress information about the value of nutritional supplements and vitamins, as well as trying to block the average citizen’s access to them. That’s what we’re seeing in the recent passage of the Food Fascism bill, pushed by the Food Nazis in Washington and their lobbyist flunkies., whose real purpose is to protect Big Agra and crush the smaller food farms that are part of the many small businesses that are the real backbone of America.
And that really is related to the Big Pharma-Big Government complex, this Big Agra-Big Government Complex, as Karen De Coster wrote about a few days ago on the Lew Rockwell Blog, on how WikiLeaks has revealed how the U.S. government has been pushing foreign nations to accept genetically modified organisms in their crops.
While most of the rest of the world is flat-out rejecting these manufactured toxins, the U.S. government, along with its corporate state giants (like Monsanto), has been trying to bully the EU, as well as other, smaller countries, into exporting the highly profitable GMOs. From the article, it is noted that one of the released cables (bold emphasis is mine):
describes a meeting between Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and two officials from Spain, which is one of the only European countries currently growing genetically modified crops (Poland is the other). One of the Spanish officials noted that Spain “had a relatively ‘liberal’ view with respect to biotechnology. However, even in Spain, the technology was controversial and faced NGO opposition.” The two senators then asked “what influence Spain could exercise in Brussels [the de facto capital of the European Union] on the issue,” to which the Spanish officials responded “commodity price hikes might spur greater liberalization to biotech imports.”
Note that Senator Grassley is a consistent advocate of the biotech industry, receives much in contributions from GMO king Monsanto (and ethanol king Archer Daniels Midland), and has long been fighting the EU on the GMO issue. In 2003, he advocated filing a legal case against the EU to challenge its moratorium on GMOs. The nerve of those French — and other Euros — to deny the Big Agra Complex and their dictates!
Are the Drug Nazis referred to at the beginning of this post going to start going after people who try to get non-GMOs (like there might be a black market in non-GMOs in the future!), or the people who want vitamins and supplements after the government bans them, too?