Drugs and Commerce: A History

Written by David F. Duncan

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Despiterepparttar evident failure of drug prohibition inrepparttar 132592 U.S. and elsewhere, Courtwright endorsesrepparttar 132593 continuation of supply-side strategies. He insists that drugs will be abused wherever they are available, and that efforts must therefore focus on reducing supply. "The task now," he writes, "is to adjustrepparttar 132594 system." But his optimism about making prohibition work seems perfunctory. Throughout this book, Courtwright paints a gloomy view ofrepparttar 132595 drug problem that is likely to convincerepparttar 132596 reader that no adjustments torepparttar 132597 system will cut offrepparttar 132598 supply of drugs. There is much to be gained from reading this book whether you acceptrepparttar 132599 author's policy conclusions or not.

Forces of Habit: Drugs andrepparttar 132600 Making ofrepparttar 132601 Modern World by David T. Courtwright. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001. http://commonplacebook.tripod.com/home/id20.html

Dr. David F. Duncan is the President of Duncan & Associates, a research and policy studies consulting firm in the areas of public health, mental health, and drug abuse. http://www.duncan-associates.com

Disincorporate And Decentralize

Written by Ed Howes

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Corporate creatures can hire all things done. When we are finally and gratefully, utterly dependent on folks who mock and despise us, let us cry out with a loud voice, this isn't fair! Let us point our fingers at them and demand satisfaction. Our demands are like spitting intorepparttar wind. Let us congratulate ourselves for voting and protesting and go back to our corporate lives. This is not just what it means to be American these days, it is what it means to be Western and civilized. Do as you are told and don't forget to vote for more, more, more of every good thing. This we call freedom. Your children and grandchildren will too, becauserepparttar 132591 corporate world will "educate" them, as they did you and me. In this they never cease, day nor night. In school, on radio, TV and allrepparttar 132592 major media. Think like this - do like that. And we do.

If we are going to change any of this, we must first change us, which also happens to berepparttar 132593 easiest thing to do. Isn't that a happy coincidence? If we will end our own corporate support and enslavement, it begins with that simple question. How can I? Don't expect to receive answers to questions we refuse to ask. Can I have what I really want outsiderepparttar 132594 corporate world? The answer is yes. You can choose not to buy fromrepparttar 132595 corporate world, or at least buy a lot less of it and used, for starters. Likewise, you can choose not to sell torepparttar 132596 corporate world and forrepparttar 132597 first time, your business will be nobody else's. How much you earn or spend is no one's business but yours. How you earn and on what you spend is also highly personal business that becomes semi publicrepparttar 132598 minute you do business withrepparttar 132599 corporate world. If you work wisely, you can do work you love for more money and less hours than is possible inrepparttar 132600 corporate world. You don't have to buy million dollar ads on TV to sell your products or services to enough people to earn a comfortable living. You have eliminatedrepparttar 132601 hidden costs ofrepparttar 132602 corporate world.

As more ofrepparttar 132603 Western world comes out of Mystery Babylon, of whichrepparttar 132604 World Trade Center was symbolic,repparttar 132605 corporate world fades further in its economic power and influence. Politicians must look elsewhere for campaign financing. We get some relief fromrepparttar 132606 incessant advertising that greases corporate wheels. We separate from a 20th Century machine as we refuse to be cogs in it. The corporate value system is that ofrepparttar 132607 world. It is revealed inrepparttar 132608 Book of Revelation, Chapter 18, asrepparttar 132609 merchandise of Babylon - a long list fromrepparttar 132610 highest value torepparttar 132611 lowest. Atrepparttar 132612 top is gold, followed by silver and precious stones. Atrepparttar 132613 very bottom are slaves, followed byrepparttar 132614 souls of men. Does this value system seem familiar? It should, it is over 3,000 years old. When we reject this value system, we must operate from some other. Can we takerepparttar 132615 least valued thing inrepparttar 132616 Babylonian system and make itrepparttar 132617 most valuable? Let us disincorporate our lives andrepparttar 132618 world.

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Freelance writer published in websites and newspapers. edhowes@hotmail.com justanotherview.com

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