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Aside from an assault on The Human Rights Act, the new Tory government are in the process of removing their citizenry’s freedom to experience non-ordinary states of consciousness through the use of mind-altering substances.

The proposed legislation can be found here.

Key Points

  • The bill makes production supply, offer to supply, possession with intent to supply, import or export of any psychoactive substance illegal.
  • The bill lists various “legitimate” forms of mind altering substances: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and medical products.


  • This legislation is tantamount to a prescription of approved psychological states: working, consuming, and self-abuse with alcohol/tobacco are the only options available to British citizens from now on.
  • The exception of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco make it clear that the “legitimacy” of given substances has nothing to do with harmfulness to individual users, but compatibility with current social norms and economic needs.
  • Banned substances will, presumably, include ALL ENTHEOGENS , regardless of their history of use, their spiritual associations, and their mind-expanding qualities.
  • Substances are banned are to be banned solely on the basis of whether or not they are psychoactive: regardless of any research or understanding of the potential harms or benefits of a given substance.
  • Controlling neurological states is a clear infringement of our right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion: given that all religious, cognitive and emotional states can be correlated with (and are widely believed to be caused by) neurological states.
  • With other countries making progress on the march against prohibition towards a free citizenry, Britain regresses into cognitive fascism.

Watch this space for a petition and protest information.

Peter Hitchens is a regular critic of the anti-prohibition movement. He writes for the highly respectable (?) ‘Mail Online’: a commercial news-source renowned for its unbiased and open-minded journalism, its intellectual rigour, and its progressive values.

Hitchens recently published an article, The Cannabis Cult‘, in which he expresses horror at the notion that drug-prohibition is a civil liberties issue.

Firstly, humanity has been free to use cannabis and magic mushrooms for thousands of years. There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that humanity has always used mind-altering substances for a variety of purposes, there is also a great deal of evidence linking them to some of the earliest creative endeavors.

So the freedom over our own minds is a freedom we have long enjoyed: drug prohibition is just a hundred years old, it has been hysterically imposed on people by the state for about fifty years. It is still in its infancy, and I hope to God that I never see it grow to be an adult.

Secondly, of course this is about civil liberties: people are being locked up by the thousands. In America there is an entire industry in locking citizens up for harmless drug offenses: thousands of people are making their livings by locking up drug-offenders. In the more savage parts of the world: executions.

Of course this is about civil liberties: the state is telling you what you can and cannot do, with your own mind!

Hitchens obviously thought he should attempt to bolster his article by referencing a respected literary figure. It is curious that Peter chose Aldous Huxley: a man simultaneously known for his use of psychedelics (mescaline and LSD), for his superior intellectual and creative capacities, and for his goodness of character. A man whose key works were inspired by mind-altering drugs. But wait, didn’t he just write:

“Drug-taking makes its victims passive, fuddles their ability to think and makes their speech incoherent. It is , in those ways at the very least, the ally of authority and the enemy of thought and speech.”

I wonder if Aldous Huxley could be described in such a way? Was his mind passive and fuddled? No, his mind was enhanced.

Science is showing us that LSD & mushrooms mushrooms can have therapeutic properties. LSD has even been termed ‘The Problem Solving Drug’. How can the people who benefit from these drugs be called victims?

Any way: the best thing about his article is the web backlash that ensued. There’s a lot of good writing in there by people from all over the world so I hope you’ll check it out.

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