- The mind seems to be linked with neurological states.
- Drug prohibition removes an individual’s ability to control their own neurological states.Therefore
- Drug prohibition is a form of mind control.Discussion
In simplest terms, drug prohibition is an attempt by the state to place limitations on both the neurological states and corresponding psychological states or its citizenry.
By a remarkable coincidence, some of these drugs (the psychedelics) are the same drugs which allow users access to profound spiritual experiences, insights and personal transformations. Most users of psychedelics report these effects, most users feel they were benefitted by the experience.
By controlling the substances that produce these states of mind, the government is, in effect, controlling the spiritual lives of its population.
Since it is pretty irrefutable and simple logic to assert that drug prohibition is a form of mind control, the real question we need to answer is ‘why?’
When we ask ‘Why?’ we are asking ‘For what reason?’
The idea that psychedelics are unsafe and the state is ‘protecting its citizens’ is demonstrably false. LSD, for example, is far safer than most other recreational drugs, far safer than many of the drugs the NHS currently deals (and sometimes forcibly injects into its mentally ill patients) and safer than many other forms of legal recreational activity (e.g. extreme sports), or non-recreational activity.
Isn’t it strange how the state feels it must protect its citizens mental health when it comes to drugs like LSD, but is perfectly happy to see new-born babies raised in-front of an unending stream of corporate brainwashing in the form of adverts?
It claims to be worried that LSD will ’cause suicide’ – and yet it seems remarkably unconcerned by those other factors which actually cause suicide: debts, stress, unrewarding jobs, the resentment of being at the losing end of vast economic inequality, the squalor of our urban environments, the decay of spirituality.
The state’s only interest is economic. It only cares about the moral and spiritual wellbeing of its citizens as long as that wellbeing coheres with its own economic interests. Religions that ensure people will keep being exploited through their mundane jobs, pay their taxes, and keep consuming: they’re ok, any other forms of spirituality that threaten the interests of the capitalist elite are persecuted and criminalised.
When the so-called ‘hippies’ of the 1960s/70s used LSD they ‘turned on, tuned in, and dropped out‘, the meaning of this ‘dropping out’ is a key issue here. Essentially, LSD helps individuals to deconstruct the conditioning they have been raised on, it reminds people of who they were before society’s consumer-capitalist-military-industrial brainwashing.
What can we learn about mass-LSD consumption from the hippies? What was it that terrified the state so much when large swathes of the population began to use LSD? It certainly didn’t seem to harm the individuals themselves, they seemed to be preoccupied with ‘peace’, ‘love’, ‘harmony’, ‘going with the flow’, music and art, and, perhaps most importantly, reforming the corrupt political machine they felt they were at the mercy of.
There is no aspect of humanity more personal, more intimate, more sacred, than our capacity to transcend and commune with the divine aspect of life: it says a great deal about our culture that such an innate capacity is forbidden.
Our economy (and therefore our society) is not driven by spiritually wholesome values. It is driven by greed, it is driven by selfishness. It depends on exploitation of humans, animals, and nature, on every level. It is based on manufacturing discontent so as to enslave the population. It is based on raising children to be killers so that they can go to other countries and steal their resources.
These values run contrary to the teachings of all the world’s major religions: religions which have long become compliant with and corrupted by the ways of consumer-capitalism.
Could it be that LSD and other psychedelics show people spiritual truths that the status quo would rather remained forgotten? Spiritual truths that threaten the delusions, the greed, and the selfishness, upon which our economy is based?
The war on psychedelics is precisely a war on spiritual consciousness. A war motivated by the politics of dominant-culture vs counter-culture: not health, as is pretended.
For the un-initiated: when it comes to the personal choice to take LSD, read the scientifc research for yourself and then make up your own mind about whether it is in your interests to take it or not and read the reports of people who have actually used it.