What National Review Gets Wrong About the Opioid Crisis and the War on Drugs

Via The Daily Bell

Alright, libertarians, you wanted drug legalization, right? Well, with opioids, via loose prescriptions, you got it, and what’s happened? We are in the middle of the worst epidemic of overdose and addiction this country has ever seen, thousands are dropping like flies, and it appears that things will be getting worse before they get better. Your theories might sound nice when you don’t have skin in the game, but when reality intrudes on your fantasies of a free society, real people pay the price. Right?

Well, not quite.

The above argument might sound familiar because a variation of it is trotted out during every national crisis. Be it war, financial instability, poverty, during health insurance debates, or any other crisis or threat, a chorus rises to blame supporters of a free society for their juvenile dogmatism that is surely causing the very predicament everyone is suffering under.

“There are no libertarians in financial crises,” gloated mainstream financial analysts during the subprime meltdown, which was caused by “free market fundamentalists”, according to George Soros.

The opioid crisis is no different, but one would have thought the fingers would have pointed at libertarians far earlier. This may be partially due to the fact that support for ending the Drug War occupies a strange grey area between Left and Right. More traditional, law-and-order type conservatives generally support the War on Drugs, as well as the tough-on-crime tactics used to prosecute it, while the Left tends to support ending the Drug War due to its violation of civil liberties.

This has always seemed strange to me since conservatives tend to support more freedom as opposed to less, smaller government as opposed to big, and the Left tends to always and everywhere support greater restriction of liberty for the ostensible benefit of, well, someone, somewhere, and a large, intrusive government to do it. But, during a crisis, regardless of Left or Right, voices will denounce liberty in favor of something more “responsible”. “We don’t have the luxury of being libertarians right now”, say the condescending, adult voices of reason and responsibility.

And so it is with Jonah Goldberg at National Review, who recently authored a piece against the libertarian argument for full drug legalization, essentially stating that an opioid-addicted dystopia would be the inevitable future of a libertarian society, with heroin sold on the shelf right next to Johnny Walker, loaves of bread, and the morning paper.

In Goldberg’s piece, “The Opioid Crisis Should Make Libertarians Rethink the Drug Legalization Argument”, he sees the opioid crisis as an experiment in drug legalization. He then looks at the outcome, mass overdose deaths, then finger wags libertarians for their blind devotion to ideology.

David French had a similar take on the crisis in a piece back in April, “The Opioid Crisis Should Kill the Call to Legalize Hard Drugs”. He sees an opioid crisis and blames “drug libertarianism”.

Forgive me, but the libertarian argument for full legalization is a bit more nuanced than that.

Libertarians understand full well the dangers that hard drugs pose for society at large, but this is the very reason for their support for full legalization. Far from wanting anyone and their children to get their hands on heroin, they understand that drug prohibition itself has been the cause of the widespread use of these hard drugs.

Richard Cowen’s 1986 article, “How the Narcs Created Crack”, illustrates the “Iron Law of Prohibition”, which essentially states that the harder the crackdown on drugs, the harder the drugs become. There was no national conversation about heroin, meth, or crack-cocaine during the late 70s because there was no epidemic associated with these drugs. It was only once a militarized crackdown on marijuana and cocaine really got underway that black market entrepreneurs developed and sold the economic equivalent of bathtub gin that these hard drugs became a problem.

In my home state of Oklahoma, where meth use is rampant, law enforcement effectively eliminated the mom-and-pop labs that produced meth locally. But meth use still increased, and overdoses increased. What explains this? The Mexican drug cartels moved in, bringing their high potency meth, produced south of the border in super labs, and began supplying the demand. Oklahoma law enforcement unwittingly invited the cartels into this state, and are effectively the chief enforcers of their market share.

There is now a push by the Oklahoma AG to treat opioid manufacturers like organized crime through the use of the RICO law, but it only takes just a little imagination to understand that this would only benefit real organized crime.

The solution to the opioid epidemic isn’t to abandon the philosophy of liberty and opt for a renewed Drug War, but to develop a non-opioid based painkiller and make it widely available to patients and addicts. Cannabis appears to be the chief contender for this role, as it has been shown that addicts can be successfully weaned off their deadly poisons through the use of marijuana. And when given the choice, pain patients overwhelmingly prefer marijuana to opioids. So what’s the hold-up?

Prescribing heroin to those most susceptible to addiction, pain sufferers, should be an idea tossed in the dustbin, but the corollary policy doesn’t lie in the simplistic “let’s fight a war!” mindset. Simple-minded prohibition brought us to this precipice, it cannot bring us out. An amped-up, militarized war on prescription opioids will lead to an unprecedented plague of black market heroin, laced with fentanyl, elephant tranquilizers, and God knows what else.

The situation, then, will truly be out of control. The Cartel presence in the U.S. will become massive, and ubiquitous, as black market heroin profits will soar, corrupting law enforcement, the political class, and everyone standing to cash in. The United States will then truly become a Narco State.

Periods of national crisis are the true test of defenders of liberty and are the very times to defend the philosophy of liberty most vigorously, because it’s this philosophy that will lead the way out.


Donald J. Trump jeff montanye Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

A lot of people have the misconception that drugs have been legalized in Portugal and they like to use it to argue their point to legalize drugs elsewhere.  This is just ignorance as Portugal has not legalized drugs but they decriminalized them.  What's the diff?  Well instead of the drug free for all and everyone is just high and happy all the time that people like to envision, Portugal still has laws and prosecutes except they don't send people to jail.  Drug users go into mandatory treatment and if they fail treatment they are fined.

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jeff montanye Donald J. Trump Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:33 Permalink

no one goes to jail and nearly no one dies.  prevalence of the use of drugs barely changed in portugal after decriminalization.  damage from the use of drugs plummeted.  when that meets legal weed a la colorado (high and happy all the time) the reality of life in these here united states will have changed substantially for the better.  portugal is not the end.  it's a waystation on the road to more freedom and a better life.  marijuana will not be the last drug legalized for recreational use.  the laws about negligence, impaired driving, etc. must of course remain.heroin is actually a safer drug to be addicted to than alcohol.  most of the uproar about drugs is cultural prejudice at base.  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/there-was-one-arrest-for-drug-poss…

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chubbar jeff montanye Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:33 Permalink

This MAY be a self-correcting problem. Over 64,000 people died from opiod overdose last year, more than died in total from the 19 year Vietnam war. How many years like that, with increasing numbers no doubt, can the US withstand until this problem burns itself out? Heroin addiction, especially fentanyl (synthetic heroin) is extremely hard to break. Dead heroin users aren't going to enrich the cartels either. This could get to where there are a few hundred thousand people dying each year before it dawns on gov't to think outside the box, or maybe we lose a few million millenials (among others) before it exhausts itself like a bad virus. With any luck, it's mostly Hillary voters drugging themselves to death.

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jeff montanye TBT or not TBT Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:42 Permalink

heroin is actually a pretty safe drug to use, safer than alcohol, if one knows for sure what is the strength and purity.  goering ran the luftwaffe as a heroin addict.  as keith richards noted, pay for the good stuff and don't think that twice as much will be twice as much fun.lenny bruce wasn't the only one to die from an overdose of police.https://duckduckgo.com/?q=is+heroin+a+safer+drug+than+alcohol&t=osx&ia=…

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waspwench jeff montanye Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:52 Permalink

Heroin users function just fine, but the drug will not be legalized while there is so much money to be made from keeping it illegal.

The CIA finances itself with heroin (among other drugs, gun running, arms dealing, etc.) I believe they produced a bumper crop in Afghanistan this year with the help of the military to guard the poppy fields.

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not dead yet Stuck on Zero Sun, 11/19/2017 - 04:03 Permalink

Bullshit. Even if the government did as you say, they aren't, why are the Americans so weak kneed that they need drugs to get through the day. Nation of pussies? For decades all forms of media have glorified drug and alcohol use. Years ago in the movies the drug users slept in the alleys and ate garbage. The criminals hold up in some shack playing cards between jobs. For decades in the portrails the criminals and druggies have huge mansions, garages full of hot cars, and boatloads of hot chicks waiting to do their bidding while the law abiding guys, expecially the cops, are divorced losers living in a dump and their families hate them. Over 30% of the US has a drinking problem and the vast majority drink. Crap music is full bling, bimbos, and expensive cars so what do you think the message is to the young black kids out there shooting their way to their piece of the drug trade. Go to a college party, office party, football Sunday with family and friends, tailgating at the game, or family reunion and if your not drinking, which is very rare, your pressured into doing it. We rate colleges by parties and give glowing coverage to the excesses of spring break. Successful professionals claim cocaine use helped fuel that success. A recent study claimed one of the traits of a successful person was recreational drug use. New York City and DC are chock full of educated intelligent people and they are the cocaine usage capitals of the world. Kids are treated like gods in this country, big mistake, yet they jam raves to get their illicit feel good drugs. Many restaurant chains are doing poorly but the ones that are doing well serve alcohol. Now Taco Bell is going to open up from 300 to 600 restaurants that will serve alcohol and people are cheering. Awhile back many Applebees started closing early then reset for late night booze parties and they were a huge success with the millenials. The hot  trend in the US with millenails is craft beers and wines. Most of the opiod deaths are women and we can lay the blame for that on the femmies. While the fems have neutered the males they exhorted their female peers to spread their wings, no boundries do what makes you feel good, and they've gone overboard with the drugs and booze making the guys look like sissies. Years ago it was rare to see a female in a bar now they're packed with them. One of the early femmie targets was the male preference for thin women saying that being thin was unnatural and that big was beautiful. Now for every slim woman you see 10 or 20 porkers and they're proud of it.Bottom line is Americans want their drugs and booze and they want to get high and drunk. No reason or excuse needed. Just like every top dog nation in history the US is destroying itself from within and drugs are a major instrument. The Asians know this full well after top dog China went heavy on the drugs and went to the bottom of the barrel for centuries. That's why so many Asian countries have the death penalty for drugs. That's why we have a war on drugs in the US. We have seen the history and it's not good. Yet Americans have spoken so it's time to end the carnage of the war on drugs. Maybe when the dead from drugs stack up 100 fold over where they are now Americans will get their wake up call.There will not be an end to the drug war. For many corrupt politicians, rich people, cops, lawyers, prosecuters, shrinks, etc. illegal drugs are their gravy train and legalization will end it. Without those same corrupt people there wouldn't be drugs flooding the country. Why do you think the mob and big time operators spend big bucks on bribes?

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jeff montanye not dead yet Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

the u.s. had zero laws about recreational drugs until the prohibition era.  that's nearly all the really free history of the u.s. -- until woodrow wilson, et. al. parlayed ww1 into the modern security state or close enough for government work.legalization/decriminalization reduces, drastically, the number of dead from drugs. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=drug+decriminalization+or+legalization+reduce…

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lasvegaspersona VWAndy Sun, 11/19/2017 - 21:37 Permalink

arghhh.It was NOT libertarians who pushed for  increased opioid use. It was a recognition of inadequate pain control by doctors. I will grant you that drug companies may have helped but any doctor here who graduated before 1995 will remember 'pain measurement is another vital sign'.The so called opioid crisis is not a crisis of prescription drug use. It is illegal drugs and unfortunate recreational use by those who do not understand that opioids combined with alcohol and or benzodiazepines can be fatal.Patients with chronic pain should not have to suffer for the sins and ignorance of others. Some problems like back pain have no cure....just long term management. Opioids play a role.,

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Nobody For President lasvegaspersona Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:11 Permalink

Thank you for the rationality.i broke 5 ribs (and also got a punctured lung out of the deal) in a parglider accident in 1997. To breathe was to be in lots of pain, and a fairly constant dose of narcotics kept it managable. Without it (I tried to quit early once) i was very unenjoyable to be around (understatement). Opiods have a place in pain management-but the addiction potential is a medical and educational problem, not a law and order problem. The fact that our current economy leaves a lot of people in the lurch does not help either.

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house biscuit decon Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:02 Permalink

Sorry there's too many of us on your lawn, Lord Rothschild.....but thanks for deigning to blackwash the siteSanitation, aseptic technique, food plenty, antibiotics & yes, vaccines, have decreased mortalityDiscontent to allow that public health success, TPTB have introduced a host of other selective pressures: fluoridation, plastics, EM smog, dirtly electricity, additives, overmedication, aerial dump trails, industrial pollution, fiat debt with relentless lifestyles & yes, vaccines, among other nastiesThe smell of eugenics: a refuge for ignorami, & the demesne of spooksAs if you know what is best

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RubyPetunia Sat, 11/18/2017 - 18:17 Permalink

The libertarian argument that rational self-interest will invariably make things right fails because it does not account for the rational self-interest of sociopaths who are more common than many care to admit.With that said I never understood the logic of punishing the user. Giving the user (and user's family, extended family, employer, employee, next door neighbor etc.) the right to sue those who sell him the product that damaged him seems to me to be a far better way of controlling drugs than turning him into a criminal. Further, making it legal for the user while not necessarily so for the seller would obviously significantly increase the for the seller which is a good thing.

BrownCoat RubyPetunia Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

Drug addicts tend to be criminals. To an addict, a user's family is just a resource to bilk for the next fix. Addict behavior is cruel, especially to people who care about the addict.There are systemic societal problems that increase the number of drug abusers. A better environment will encourage fewer people to abuse drugs.But addiction is part of the human condition. It won't go away.  Ever see the demotivational poster Mistakes? "It could be that the purpose of your live is only to serve as a warning to others." Libertarians want consequences for actions (aka personal responsibility). If you work hard, you should get rewarded. If you screw up, you blame yourself. Rewards are uncertain in our kleptocracy. The victimization meme means someone else (like straight white men) is at fault.Libertarianism is flawed. I cannot think of a theory that really works in practice. But almost ANYTHING works better than Cultural Marxism, Islam, or Socialism.

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SybilDefense Bemused Observer Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:02 Permalink

Patient X breaks a femor and is on narcotic painkillers for months.  Patient X's natural endorphin mechanism is supplanted and therefore suppressed with artificial external means. When Doctor Z decides Patient X has had enough, he stops authorizing the gov regulated pill.  patient X is now chemically and physiologically altered and needs to continue providing the chemical externally that his/her body no longer has the ability to manufacture (at least for a few weeks = withdrawal).  Since withdrawal sucks, patient X now becomes criminal X as they pilfer, illegally purchase, illegally obtain (forgery of Rx), simply to replace the chemical in their body that was normally manufactured.  This becomes increasingly difficult and risky as family/friends "stash" run out, and forging RXs is illegal and professionally scrutinized by gov FDA.  X now "feels" criminal and accepts the behaviors in which that encompasses.  Buying pills on the street are $5-$20 each, and after time often 4 or more pills are needed to feel "normal".  Heroin is $7-10/ bag, and one bag is equal to 2-3 doses of pills.  Economically since pills are gov regulated they are harder to get, and therefore more expensive then heroin.  The choice is made.The above example shows that anybody who has the unfortunate ability to break a bone (require surgery, have chronic pain, etc) can become a heroin addict.  Doctors,  lawyers, plumbers, yes even you.The government and the regulations create the heroin market.Furtherregulations and "war on opiods" will only increase the deathtoll.   Heroin addicts do recover. With counciling to assist in the mental challenge, and medications stepdown people will eventually not want to be addicted, if only to save money and time.  I pose that our drug epidemic is far worse since the DEA formed in the 70's then before.  One main problem is that once you accept to become a criminal, the door is open to further criminal behavior.  If needing pain medication did not impose the requisite stigma one could overcome addiction much more quickly because the depth of the addiction most likely would not progress to the depths one is now forced to dealve. Once again, the more gov fixes something, the worse it gets. 

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Pitchman BrownCoat Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:49 Permalink

The problem here is targeting.  Just like the Brits targeted the Chinese population the deepstate needs funding and if it cost your childrens lives, they care not.Excellent, a solution that ignores the problem.  Who pray tell will control the miracle drug you speak of? Problems have a source. Let's start there; cut it off at the root.  Eliminate the $1.5 Trillion industry that is production. distribution, money laundering and the $Billions spent in the faux WAR fighting it.  Both sides of this charade benefit the same group people in the international monetary/Banking system. You faux libertarian Bankster/hedge fund psychos obfuscate this fact because your greed proceeds your souls. It's an inconvenient history Mr. Wiggens. One I know you understand.  The last Heroin epidemic took place when the U.S. invaded SE Asia, the Golden Triangle.  Today's broader and much larger Heroin/Opioid epidemic starts in the Golden Crescent Afghanistan - Poppy fields, Pakistan - refinement of Opium and Heroin, and production of Opioids. Throw in Iran too. In Afganistan, Big Pharma is building out production as we speak. AMERICA: There was no Opioid epidemic before the U.S. invaded Afganistan; now America's longest war. Inflection Point: The origins of this war were not for a Terror Attack, but for a Unocal pipeline and Opium production. The War On Afganistan is a WAR ON YOU! - NATO-CIA-Pentagon: Junction of the Real Druglords & Warlords Cutting off Opioids requires cutting off the agribusiness of growth and production which starts with CIA, Dyncorp, and American (NATO), troops protecting poppy fields in Afganistan.  WTFU!  Those preaching different are profiting from the lives of your children and you. THE WAR ON YOU! "Uranium One and #AwanGate is ISIS In Congress" Invade Afganistan Mgf. In Paki. & Ship 2 US - War on Drugs funds Law Enforcement POTUS Out to fight Opioids in the US. Please! Stop them at the source, Afganistan /Pakistan! "The Whistleblower" a 60 Minutes farce! Uranium One is #AwanContra: Weapons, Drugs, and Humans #AwanContra - Weapons for Drugs: The Deep States WAR ON YOU!  #AwanContra - Deepstate Funding: Traffic Weapons, Drugs, Humans, Organs. THE WAR ON YOU! - @Cobleone

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oldschool Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

I think I get the theory -- if you make "soft" drugs illegal, people turn to hard drugs.  That's a little shaky, because the hard drugs are illegal too.  But let's just assume that premise is valid for the sake of argument.  The conclusion we are to draw from it is that if you make soft drugs legal, people will turn from hard drugs. Now, that's not logically valid either, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. But is there any evidence anywhere demonstrating that it will happen?

Vilfredo Pareto oldschool Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:23 Permalink

At the margin if mj and kratom are easy to get and risk free there will be a tendency to choose those. Humans take the path of least resistance. That tendency of ours is the cause of civilization and progress (seeking efficiencies) so don't knock it lol. It will work in this case too.  Settle for your kratom and MJ. Cheap and legal.  A nd easy to find.  In the ideal world of course. Don't risk prison, adulterated drugs, unpredictable supply, and high prices, as well as death.

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GeoffreyT oldschool Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:44 Permalink

PORTUGAL.PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. PORTUGAL. Type "Portugal drug decriminalization" into your search engine of choice.If you want to have an informed view on drug prohibition, you should already know about the decriminlisation of literally everything in Portugal: that was in 2001 and rates of drug use, addiction, and drug-related crime have fallen signficantly. Even former drug warriors - who were certain it was going to fuck the country up - have compeltely changed their tune (but they're not Americans, so they're less inclined to cling to a stupid ignorant opinion past it's use-by date)..Also, you ought to be aware that the 'default' prescription protocol for Ocycontin was deliberately set to be slightly too long (12 hours, when it clears the system in 8), to induce withdrawal in users and thereby induce dependency..Also, (again, if you want to even pretend to have an informed view) you should look at the 'Rat Park' study, and the history of returning vets from Viet Nam (the US VA's own guesstimates of heroin use among US soldiers in Viet Nam  was 25%, and yet almost everyone just stopped taking it when they returned home ... the only ones who didn't were those whose homeland lives were fucked)..Long story short: drug addiction has much more to do with having a fucked life, than it does to do with drugs. Most drug addicts are like that because the only time their life is not a depressing pile of shit, is when they're high. 

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not dead yet GeoffreyT Sun, 11/19/2017 - 04:29 Permalink

The Portugal miracle is not what it seems. When they talk numbers they usually talk about the hard core users not total users. They also have vans cruising the country that hand out free methadone like candy. So their success is not what it's made out to be.If having a fucked life is the cause why is there so much drug use amongst well to do kids. I've know plenty of users and dealers over the years and none of them had a fucked life. The government is usually short on truth so what makes you think the VA is telling it. Just as the military claimed there wasn't a drug problem in Nam until too much evidence appeared in the media. According to many Nam vets drug and alcohol use was rampant even in areas that didn't see combat. Many companies claim almost half of their applicants can't pass a drug test yet if they were fucked they wouldn't be looking for a job nor would they get far enough along in the hiring process to take a drug test. At our company any type of accident no matter how minor one was sent out for a drug test. We paid decent money and benefits and people who you would never think used drugs didn't take the test because they admitted they wouldn't pass.

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iadr not dead yet Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:40 Permalink

having a fucked life...I've know[n] plenty of users and dealers over the years and none of them had a fucked life 

Well you don't strike me as a person which people share their vulnerable truths with. Quite frankly you lack depth, and prejudge.  Every person I know who abuses drugs has a .. secret.  That said a few who don't use drugs (anymore) have secret too. But it changes the odds. I am not sure what society you live in- an imaginary one in your head- that you think this is not true, and not key. One of several reasons the solidiers experiences were relevent is that the effect was very scientifically duplicated. You seem willfully ignorant of the "rat" studies. Too lazy to google? Also the doctors and soldiers and their families as a whole were reporting things... not top down, but directly, individully, as a hive-mind. Lastly, did it every occur to you that the drugs tests are absurd? Many thing effect job ability and safety more than drug use several days prior. Intelligence, focus, ethics, prescriptions- anti depressents- pain meds etc. , age , personal concerns (going through a divorce, crisis with a shild or other loved one, for a young man a simple break up, lack of sleep).  All these thingg overwhelming give multiple times more risk than having gotten high on Friday of a long weekend, which is where you get 20%+ positives. Problem users of anything are very low single digit percentages.Do I support messing with one's consciousness? No, not as a culture. Not as a culture. But as a right? Actually yes.

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redmudhooch Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:23 Permalink

Zeta gang connected to U.S. Special Forces/Mossadhttp://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/968(WMR)—Multiple well-informed sources in Central and South America have told WMR that the heavily-armed and merciless Los Zetas narcotics cartel operating in Mexico is carrying out their destabilization efforts in Mexico with the assistance of elements of the U.S. Special Forces and Israel’s Mossad.In addition, Zeta’s activities are not merely confined to Mexico but extend to Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua with the goal of destabilizing those nations in order to ensure the establishment of pro-U.S. regimes or, in the case of Honduras, ensure the continuation in power of the present military-backed government.Israel and 9/11: Mossad in Florida, Arming Cartels' Killershttp://www.bollyn.com/israel-and-911-mossad-in-florida/Maurice Sarfati, the Miami-based Israeli who brokered the 1989 sale of Israeli weapons to the Medellin drug lord Rodriguez Gacha of the Colombian drug cartel, is apparently still doing business in the Miami area under the alias, Moshe Tzorfati.Sarfati was one of the Israelis who supplied 500 machine guns (Uzis and Galil assault rifles) and other weapons to one of Colombia's most notorious drug traffickers. The illegal weapons transfer was directed by three Israelis, Maurice R. Sarfati, Yair G. Klein, and Israeli Brig. General (Res.) Pinchas Shachar. The deal was financed by Bank Hapoalim, an Israeli bank in New York.

Bendromeda Strain not dead yet Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:50 Permalink

You have just identified the raison d'etre for National Review, Weekly Standard, HotAir.com & a multitude of "conservative" scribblings. Once right of center people get red-pilled to where they realize they can disagree with your first sentence without compromising their principles, then a positive change can occur. Right now the Israel/US relationship is akin to Master Blaster from MM Beyond Thunderdome. I don't need to tell you which one is which...

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TheLastMan Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:59 Permalink

I am not a bible thumper -But the Bible does offer some thought regarding "systems of men"  - Nimrod, Babel, Babylon, the mark of the Beasty Boys, etc.THe bible word "sorcery" is translated from the Greek equivalent of "pharmacology"Which makes sense - potions -  witchcraft - sorcery.So Revelation 18:23 has "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries [pharmacology] were all nations deceived.Huxley had his Soma - (Orwell not so much).It is surmised by some semi-rational people that the Afghan poppy fields have been around for longer than recorded time and have always been of interest to the elites. Drugs are good - Drugs are badPain is real and people in enough pain will seek relief. 

Vilfredo Pareto TheLastMan Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:17 Permalink

Lol.  I find it hard to believe someone thirty or forty years later named a drug Soma. But it does do what soma was intended to do, pacify the masses.   Some pharmacology researcher must have had a sense of humor.  He knew exactly what soma was metabolized to, even if it took the rest of us 20 more years to figure it out.

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