De-Manufacturing Consent with Guillermo Jimenez- More Money, More Problems: The Economics of the “War on Drugs”

“What does an end to the drug war means for the police state in America?” with Dr. Mark Thornton

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent, Guillermo welcomes Dr. Mark Thornton of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute onto the show. Dr. Thornton and Guillermo discuss the "Economics of Prohibition" by examining the economics forces at work within "black markets," who really stands to gain financially from prohibition, and the potential benefits on society that would come by putting an end to the abject failure that is the "war on drugs." What does an end to the drug war mean for the police state in America? What is nullification and what makes it a viable solution? All this and much more on today's episode.

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  1. If this is fair and balanced then several aspects of the legalization of marijuana need to be considered. As a teacher, I was never allowed to accuse my students of smoking if they did not openly smoke a joint in class. I could come up and say, “It sure is hard to teach a stoner science.” This avoided a direct accusation. Next consider marijuana from the some of the cultures where it emerged. In western society, psychic phenomena is barely legitimate unless you consider ‘Men Who Stare at Goats’ as real. Chakras are a foreign term barely considered. However, marijuana definitely influences behavior in this realm. Having been to numerous Rainbow Gatherings, I am fully aware of marijuana and its use, the munchies, short term memory loss, and the improved or apparent improved ability to emote with others. Perhaps the most important contribution I could make to this discussion comes from ‘The Cosmic Serpent’ by Jeremy Narby. The take home message involves use of strong hallucinogens that in western society left many hippies brain dead. They failed to keep their serotonin levels high. Traditional drug societies have complex rituals based on careful observation that prevent abuse. Even the Akha, labeled as the mountain people that promoted opium, can use it responsibly. Ayahuasca (a true hallucinogen) in some cases works far better than a psychiatrist where this is accepted. While we are limited to the current biochemical model run by Big Pharma, adding pot, particularly the modern strains, is really asking for trouble. Christian Ratsch is an excellent source to explore historically many of the substances that are not man made.

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