In the United States, the zeal of the federal government, which looks like a desire to eradicate drugs, is directly related to the extent to which the government is co-opted by the values of fundamentalist Christianity. We harbor the illusion of a constitutional separation of church and state in the United States. But in fact, the federal government, by encouraging the prohibition of alcohol during the period of prohibitions, interfering with the rights to freedom of childbearing or consumption of peyote in America’s Aboriginal religious rituals, foolishly trying to regulate the consumption of food and certain substances, acts as a pressure lever in favor of the values of the right wing fundamentalists .
In the end, the right to determine for oneself food and the preferences of certain psychoactive substances will be considered as a natural consequence of human dignity as long as it is done in such a way that it does not restrict the rights of others. The signing of the Magna Carta Charter, the abolition of slavery, the granting of voting rights to women – these are cases in which the evolving definition of what constitutes justice has been swept away by ossified social structures that have increasingly begun to rely on the “fundamentalist” reading of their first principles. The war on drugs is schizophrenic carried out by governments that consider trafficking to be reprehensible, while they themselves are nevertheless the main guarantors and patrons of the international drug business. Such an approach is doomed to failure.
The war on drugs was not meant to be victorious. On the contrary, it will continue as long as possible to allow various intelligence agencies to conduct their operations and squeeze out the remaining hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal profits from a planetary sale of narcotic substances, and then it will be declared defeat. And “defeat” will mean, as in the case of the Vietnam War, that the media faithfully portray the situation and name its real participants and that the public’s aversion to crime, stupidity and venality of the establishment will force them to reconsider the policy. In this cynical manipulation of people and entire nations in connection with drugs and stimulants, modern governments have tied themselves up with an ethical catastrophe,comparable with the revival of the slave trade in the XVIII century or with the recently rejected provisions of Marxism-Leninism.