Pubdate: Fri, 06 Sep 2002
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Eau Claire Press
Author: Chris Buors


A recent letter-writer was too quick to conclude addiction is a brain 
disease. Addictions are a destroyer of will theory that finds receptive 
ears in theologic-based societies. Masturbatory insanity was the chief 
psychiatric destroyer of will before addictions came along. All the best 
minds in media, in medicine and in government believed in that myth as well.

There is no such thing as a chemical capable of destroying free will. All 
drugs are combinations of chemicals found on the periodic table, none have 
any supernatural forces of allurement. Addiction is a social construct; a 
property of the culture. The only similarity is voodoo, a Haitian social 
construct that destroys will if you believe.

The drug war is a moralizing crusade no different than the Christian 
Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition and Nazism. All scapegoat persecutions 
are modeled after St. George out to slay dragons.

The letter-writer ought to consider the cruelness of his compassion; 
forcing people into religious conversion of morals is about as ugly as it 
gets in the history books. Harming people in the name of helping them is as 
old as mankind is itself.

Perhaps American ought to consider restoring our natural right to drugs. It 
is a right mankind has owned since time began.

Chris Buors

Winnipeg, Manitoba
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