Find myself agreeing with Brendan O’Neill here, the campaign to legalise weed is one of big business and Nu-left student revolutionaries who never grew up. It is of course not soley blamed for societies apathy nor is alcohol fuelled insurrection or revolution mentioned, (as one anarchist who argued with me about it absurdly brought up) whatsoever. I advised him to read the article again. And besides we have had many revolutions, they just haven’t taken the form he had wished, so he conveniently hadn’t noticed. And no they have not been ‘meaningful and productive,’ revolutions rarely are and are mainly empty and destructive causing countless untold miseries that were never counted on by the minority of self-serving fools who orchestrate them.
With regard to the pubs and bars, it merely depends where you are drinking as to whether you will have good political craic. I have had many interesting and meaningful debates in my local and in other towns compared to the doped up droolings I overhear at squat gigs and the kind of mindless ‘radical’ tripe they scrawl on the back of rizla packets. As for ‘direct action,’ that would depend what is meant. Largely an empty buzz word for Trots/far-left creeps and other such people who are so stoned out their brains they believe sending used tampons to medical research workers and terrorising their families is productive. So I will give that a miss. Right-wing Libertarian views on legalisation are universally rejected by the public when given an actual say. Only UKIP and the Greens share these fringe views that have all been dispelled countless times and so don’t hold sway with most of the public. People confusing selfish and damaging license with actual liberty is pure insanity.
The idea that legalising will make drugs ‘safer’ is a misleading total non-sequitur at best. Drugs we don’t know how will effect an individuals mind in either short or long term cannot be safe by definition and end up costing the individual and society dearly in many ways. These views on legalisation are that of the laissez-faire New Right and decadent New Left hence only UKIP and Green fringe parties agree. Obviously. Nothing to do with ‘safety’ or the nonsense of the much vaunted ‘harm reduction’ idea.
Interestingly as I read the piece I heard “Legal does not mean safe” from the TV. I looked up in shock as the liberal BBC does not normally allow such self-evident facts on the matter to be aired. It was a woman on Crimewatch discussing her daughters death after taking one of your good ol ‘safe’ legal drugs. What left minded person would cheerlead the profiteering from people’s misery and death? We should be deterring young people from taking these drugs in the first place not debating how to deal with the inevitable fall out at great expense to not only the public purse but importantly individuals and families who can have their lives ended and or ruined.
What adults do behind lace curtains is one thing, but laws are in place to protect children, basic deterence has nothing to do with trying to lock up everyone who has a joint at the weekend. Problem is since 60s/70s we have ceased to properly enforce the law as admitted by the Police, (recent head of Police shockingly claims he is ‘proud to be a social worker’) and so whole system is fucked. Police should police, that is, enforce the law. If they actually did, you would see use among young decline and mental health issues be far less prevalent, thus more money would be saved in the public purse for rehabilitation and the NHS, and most importantly less graves for the young would be reuiqred.
The point of the good article I will link to was to highlight that while many on the modern left think they are ‘right on’ and ‘fighting the power’ for campaigning for legalisation, they are actually entirely conformist and short-sighted. It’s the Thatcherite cry of ‘I do what I want fuck society.’ Brendan O’neill is bang on the money here. He writes: “Smoking dope doesn’t make you dark. It makes you square. There’s a reason marijuana is the most cheered and celebrated drug among liberal observers and politicians – it’s because it pacifies people, turning them from complicated humans with rough edges into doped-up dullards too spaced out to do anything more daring than eat their own body weight in Wotsits. Dope erases individual darkness….this drug more than any other calms people down, makes us un-social, invites us to live quietly in our own little heads – and the rulers of society love nothing more than a vision of a timid, peaceful, unquestioning populace…Britain’s Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA) says booze is the really “addictive drug”, sounding like an authoritarian, New Labour-like bore as it moans about “drink-frenzied Britain” and says that cannabis, by contrast, “is well known for its calming effects”. It’s these calming effects that the great and the good are so keen on…Today’s illiberal liberals and nanny staters hate booze because it’s a social lubricant – it crashes people together in a sozzled frenzy and makes us cut loose, take risks, try our luck with people we fancy. And they instinctively like cannabis because it does the opposite – it’s an isolating drug, cutting us off from one another and making us meek, mild, sappy and square. It isn’t a hippyish love of liberty that makes officials and others feel favourable towards cannabis today – it’s a Brave New World-style desire to promote substances that will most successfully stupefy the masses. So calm down about One Direction. They’re only (allegedly) trying out a drug that every single square in politics and the media is super keen on. If you really want to rebel these days, forget dope – swig from a four-litre bottle of cider instead and watch as the political class goes into furious meltdown over your crazy, reckless antics.” Full article – (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100274025/dope-is-the-dullest-squarest-drug-around-of-course-one-direction-allegedly-smoke-it/)