Archive for November, 2007

In Pot We Trust

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

This is a full length documentary about the drug war. It features many notable speakers, and mainly covers the issue of legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

Drugs are here to stay. Prohibition is wasteful and ineffective. Prohibition creates an underground market, and therefore organized crime. Prohibition creates an industry of drug enforcement… a way to waste billions upon billions of dollars to impose someone’s morality onto all of society.

Prohibition is not the answer to the drug problem… legalization is.

We need to decriminalize and regulate (and tax) the drug industry. If someone is an adult and is educated about the risks and dangers associated with a drug, they should be free to do what they want with the drug and their own body.

Decriminalization will destroy the illegal drug trade, taking away all the inflated prices, and taking a big chunk of out the funding for organized crime. If drugs were made legal, the drug trade will no longer be the lucrative business it is today.

Prohibition is an egregiously wasteful system, and it doesn’t even work. If anyone wants any type of drug, they can get it. While drug enforcement people will tell us that drugs are bad and they should be eliminated, these people (and all their coworkers) depend upon the illegality of drugs to stay employed, so their viewpoint should be taken with a large grain of salt.

And don’t forget the hypocrisy of it all. Narcotics – the drugs we ban – are just one form of mind altering substance, not unlike most things in life. Love, fear, chocolate, sugar, cheese, beauty, nature… all of these things are mind altering substances too.

Letting someone else decide what is right and what is wrong deprives us of the freedom to live our lives as we choose.

Benn on Moore’s Sicko

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

This is a clip from Michael Moore’s new film “Sicko”, which is an excellent documentary about the US health care system, as well as the socialized health care systems of France, Britain and Canada. It is profound and brilliantly done, and is a must see.

In this clip, former British MP Tony Benn talks about power and democracy, and how empowering people is what is essential to bring a higher quality of life for most people. For, when people are empowered, they will demand more and shift the system in their own favour. The more empowered a society is, the less they will be exploited by their political and economic systems, and the better off the majority will be.

So, if you want to make a better world a reality (which you should), it is up to you to feel empowered. Feel hopeful. Feel worthy of more, and then demand it. Demand a higher quality of life for yourself and for all of those around you.

Then, spread these hopeful, positive feelings to everyone you know.