Who has the US fought? Drugs. Who won that war? Drugs.

In 1970, Gallup started polling on a new issue. Asking “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?” Their first poll recorded 12% in support of legalization.

What happened the next year would prove the catalyst of a massive long-term shift in public opinion. President Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs, intensifying existent efforts to eradicate drug use and drug production. It would be the beginning of a expansive campaign, which has cost somewhere in the neighborhood of one trillion dollars. For comparison, the eight and a half year Iraq War only cost about $800 billion.

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The consequences of a drugged society

This will be the first of a few posts about mental health- from a philosophical, political, and personal viewpoint. I think the issue of mental health is often ignored in parts of Western society- the mentally ill have been marginalized in one way or another.

In 2002, a film featuring Christian Bale was released, called Equilibrium. In short, it’s a terrible movie. However, its premise raises some interesting notions about mental health, and the attempts to keep humans from being self-destructive.

The decades preceding the setting of the film are wracked with large-scale war, racial hatred, and a deterioration of global society. It is determined by the new ruling class that the cause of these tragedies was human emotion. A perfectly rationally constructed society is only as good as the humans themselves. Humans, therefore, are the weak point in the structure, and need to be strengthened.

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