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.

Disincorporate And Decentralize

Written by Ed Howes

Disincorporate And Decentralize

If it seems that big government and big business are in bed together it is only because they are - father and child. Government defines a corporation as an artificial person. Amen! What if we chose not to do business with artificial persons and traded only with real people? Incorporation is a privilege sold to business by governments. The business receives limited liability, which is to say, limited responsibility. As we have recently seen, a corporation can make fortunes for its operators while stealing from everyone else. The owners are safe from prosecution because they have a government immunity privilege they may have paid millions for, overrepparttar years, paid by taxes collected for their creators.

They arerepparttar 132591 tentacles ofrepparttar 132592 government octopus and major tax collectors. Thatrepparttar 132593 creators would bend over backwards to help and protect them is a matter of self preservation and public record. Outlaw incorporation or irresponsibility andrepparttar 132594 father/child incest comes to an end. So doesrepparttar 132595 whole industry of corporate law. Don't you just love it when a single solution solves many problems? What would things cost if lawyers didn't get a cut of everything?

Easier said than done, huh? Government wants it. Business wants it. Who doesn't? Only those who are tired ofrepparttar 132596 rip offs, poisonings, degraded environment, social repression and allrepparttar 132597 negative isms, bald faced self interests have created. Protesters are a minority and we all know this is "democracy" where majority rules. Why, if it was not for government and corporations, we would have no jobs and we would all die. Other paid work is just not reliable enough for us. It makes us insecure. We live for paydays. Aaah, there isrepparttar 132598 rub.

We enterrepparttar 132599 corporate world by pledge and agreement. We give up our natural rights forrepparttar 132600 corporate society,repparttar 132601 corporate life. We becomerepparttar 132602 bedrock support forrepparttar 132603 system and rarely knowrepparttar 132604 difference, as we protestrepparttar 132605 materialism, which cannot exist without our tacit approval and us. When we protestrepparttar 132606 deeds of power and influence, we protest because it is not ours also. We are excluded fromrepparttar 132607 table. A two sided triangle with onlyrepparttar 132608 people missing. It just isn't fair and we hate things when they aren't fair. Don't ask me to fix it. I've got a job, a family and no time for politics. The whole thing can wait for someone who does, and wait and wait.

When professional lawmakers and bureaucrats runrepparttar 132609 government, workers are not going to changerepparttar 132610 laws in any meaningful way. Their only real option is to withdraw support fromrepparttar 132611 corporate world and create a non-corporate life. This is decentralization of power and government. It occurs proportionately torepparttar 132612 withdrawal of support. If you support that which you despise, you are just another hypocrite. Shut up and do your job, which is your duty. Spend all your money on what you are told. That is your corporate duty too, Ms. Consumer. Let us compete with each other for corporate favor and privilege, as we have been taught so many years. Let us do nothing for ourselves for which we can somehow hire professionals. Let us not govern ourselves. Let us pay someone to govern us. Let us not heal our illnesses, let us hire medicine men. Let us not grow our own food, make our own clothes, build our own homes.

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