“…In reality, there’s no such thing as drug policy. As currently understood and implemented, drug policy attempts to isolate a phenomenon that can’t be taken in isolation. Economic policy is drug policy. Healthcare policy is drug policy. Foreign policy, too, is drug policy. When approached in isolation, drug policy almost always backfires, because it doesn’t take into account the powerful economic, social, and cultural forces that also determine how and why Americans get high…”
Working on the campaign was fun but also tiring. I learned a lot. More on that later.
Meanwhile, I would like to recommend the following TED talk. No matter which side of the fence you may have stood during this recent campaign this brief talk may explain how the entire spectrum of thinking – liberal to conservative – is critical for our long term success as a civilized nation and world.
(Note: if you do not see an image below, select either “player 7 or player 8” below to activate the video player. Or, if you have a high speed connection, you may wish to view the short talk in High Definition here.)
In my mailbox today. The Clintons have taken an interest in me ever since I made a small donation to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign – something I did mostly to help quiet my intermittent cognitive dissonance after more generously supporting her opponent. Something felt odd about this email from Bill. What is your impression?
…The left won’t accept this awful truth about the American soul, a beast that they believe they can fix “if only the people knew the Truth.”
But what if the Truth is that Americans don’t want to know the Truth? What if Americans consciously choose lies over truth when given the chance—and not even very interesting lies, but rather the blandest, dumbest and meanest lies?…
Put your ear to the ground in this country, and you’ll hear the toxic spite churning. It’s partly the result of commercial propaganda and sexual desperation—a desperation far more common than is admitted…
Please read the full stunning article. How does the situation influence American attitudes during election cycles like the one we are in today? Written four years ago for the New York Press by Mark Ames it is as hot a read today.