"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Defining Narco-Terrorism

My dictionary (The Random House College Dictionary, 1984--Yes, I know. I need to update) defines "terror" as: 1. intense, sharp, overmastering fear, 2. feeling, instance, or cause of intense fear. It defines "terrorism" as: 1. the use of terrorizing methods, 2. the state of fear and submission so produced, 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

"Narco", of course, comes from the word narcotic, which in itself comes from the Greek word "narkotikos", meaning to benumb or to make sleepy. (Alcohol, by the way is a true narcotic drug.) Today, with the Orwellian-type of "newspeak" our government uses, a narcotic drug is any of the presently illegal drugs, whether they are actually narcotic or not.

If one considers that up until 1914, opium, morphine, heroin, and cocaine, among other drugs, were legally available to adults and that there was no--I repeat, no--criminal justice problems associated with the use of those drugs, as well as the fact that the addiction rate was declining, then one has to wonder why were they made illegal. The Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 began what today we call the "war on drugs." That act was passed because many religious groups lobbied Congress to make those drugs illegal on personal moral and religious grounds.

Congress, without legitimate Constitutional authority, passed laws against the manufacture, sales, and use of those drugs except under very stringent conditions. That meant that those people who happened to be addicted to those drugs--but causing little to no harm to themselves and none to others--had to resort to illegal means to obtain their drug of choice. Congress passed religious beliefs into law in order to make whoever might want to use those drugs become more moral. Congress, again, at the instigation of religious groups, became, without legitimate authority, our moral dictators.

The end result is that the real criminal element, those who would violate rights in order to make money, became involved in the drug business, which, thanks to Congress and religion, is now a multi-billion dollar a year growth industry. Today, due to the fact that these drugs are still illegal to adults the people we call terrorists, because they use terror to try and spread their religious and political beliefs, are being funded in large part by the manufacture and sales of narcotics.

I have written extensively on the false war, the so-called "war on drugs", here in my blog and in my work entitled "The Myth of Inalienable Rights as Applied to the War on Drugs: The Tyranny of Legislating Morality." (See the side bar for how to obtain a copy of that treatise.)

But now, on to the point of this blog. If, by the making of certain substances illegal, substances that, all things considered, cause far less harm than alcohol, or tobacco, or poor eating habits combined with lack of exercise; and if the illegality of those substances causes them to be utilized by the real, rights-violating criminal elements and terrorist organizations; then, are those who are responsible for making those substances illegal actually responsible for helping the criminals and terrorists? Are they the true "narco-terrorists"?

I say yes. Emphatically yes. The true narco-terrorists are those who create the conditions that allow bad people to make lots of money from substances that, were they legal to adults, would cost next to nothing. So, when you read about a possible threat to the United States, or hear of bombs going off around the world, or mourn the loss of American lives in Iraq, or the murders on our streets by violent street gangs, then you can thank the U.S. Congress, among others, for creating this climate of fear and terror. Because, were those substances legal to adults, the criminal element and terrorists would have to use other, less effective ways, to get the money to do the evil deeds that they do.

Oh, I can hear some of you now. But if those drugs were legally available then the children.....! No. The children now can get those drugs more easily than they can alcohol, which is legal to adults. And that is what I am proposing: legal to adults. If anyone sells or procures these drugs to minors then, yes, they should be punished. And if you think that by re-legalizing these drugs the whole United States would go down the drain, so to speak, then you need to do your research. But more, you need to ask yourself this: If heroin were re-legalized today, would you become the first heroin addict on your suburban block tomorrow? And, if the answer is yes, then you need to seek professional, psychological help.

But first, check out my treatise "The Myth of Inalienable Rights...", because this really is about more than just the mere use of one mind-altering and/or addictive drug or another. It's about two things: The right, as an adult, to have the complete ownership and use of your body and mind, where your behavior does not violate the rights of others (inalienable rights); and its about stopping, or seriously slowing down the funding of criminal gangs and world terrorists who now can make huge amounts of money because certain substances wanted by millions of people have been made illegal, thereby making them artificially expensive.

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