Change The World

Written by Clive Taylor

Changerepparttar World

It is becoming clear thatrepparttar 132594 way a country or society is,repparttar 132595 kind of “psyche” it has, depends onrepparttar 132596 way people relate to each other one-to-one, atrepparttar 132597 day-to-day level of life.

At this one-to-one level there are very simple “Rules” of behaving.

It is these Rules that determine how things happen atrepparttar 132598 large scale of society, no matter how much people try to impose outcomes from “above” – this can only distortrepparttar 132599 outcome.

This creation ofrepparttar 132600 large scale byrepparttar 132601 small scale is one ofrepparttar 132602 fundamental understandings ofrepparttar 132603 new field of study called “Emergence Theory”.

This may seem simplistic, but there is increasing evidence that much of what happens in life comes about in this “Emergence” way. (Biology, Mind, Ecologies,repparttar 132604 Universe,repparttar 132605 Internet, etc).

The rules that a majority of our current society seem to have unconsciously agreed to act on are:

1.Get as much as you can for yourself from those you have anything to do with in your day-to-day world.

2.Make sure you don’t take so much from those you deal with and relate to, that they won’t have anything to do with you anymore.

It is suggested, that if we would like a more enriching and supportive world, we can create this by putting in place and acting on, a new set of simple Emergence rules:

1.Every time you have any dealings with someone, make sure that you create an outcome that is ofrepparttar 132606 highest good for both of you.

Drugs and Commerce: A History

Written by David F. Duncan

In his book, Forces of Habit: Drugs andrepparttar Making ofrepparttar 132592 Modern World, David Courtwright, Professor of History atrepparttar 132593 University of North Florida, tells "the story of psychoactive commerce." It is Courtwright's theme that psychoactive drugs - both legal and illegal - are commodities, like bread or cloth. They are manufactured, packaged, distributed, marketed and used much like any other commodity. They go in and out of public favor and new and improved products are constantly being introduced. Throughout human history, governments had generally treated drugs like any other commodities. Prior torepparttar 132594 Twentieth Century opium, coca, and cannabis were all legally available inrepparttar 132595 form of patent medicines that were widely and casualty used in bothrepparttar 132596 United States and Britain.

Courtwright divides his book into three sections, with some overlap in content between sections. The first (titled "The Confluence of Psychoactive Resources") describesrepparttar 132597 way drugs, having originally been geographically confined, enteredrepparttar 132598 stream of global commerce. He comparesrepparttar 132599 history of drugs torepparttar 132600 history of infectious diseases in that travel and transport wererepparttar 132601 variables that influencedrepparttar 132602 spread of both. Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine (the "big three") and opium, cannabis, and coca ("the little three") all owed their success, he claims, torepparttar 132603 expansion of oceangoing commerce.

Inrepparttar 132604 second section ("Drugs and Commerce") Courtwright takes uprepparttar 132605 issue of drugs as medical and recreational products. Section three ("Drugs and Power") discusses pressures and developments that influenced governments to discardrepparttar 132606 centuries old policy of a taxed, legal drug commerce in favor of restriction and, in some cases, even prohibition. Not surprisingly, he concludes that this happened "because it servedrepparttar 132607 interests ofrepparttar 132608 wealthy and powerful," but he seems to largely overlookrepparttar 132609 important role that racism played in motivating prohibition.

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