Two posts keep nagging at me. Both are referrals from my old activist friend Bill Chisholm. I had already seen the first one, and have not been surprised to notice that it continues to make the rounds of alternative news sites. Amazing, how a decision made in spite in 1971 by one intensely lonely and fearful man, Richard Nixon, could — and indeed was intended to — ruin the lives both hippies and black men. How many lives were destroyed and continue to be destroyed by this new “law,” which also, BTW, fueled CIA black ops projects through money gained by “illegal” drugs. (Cf. Engdahl interview: Bill Clinton, Mena Airport, etc.; or, just google “CIA and drug war”).
John Ehrlichman, speaking to Harper’s Magazine, as quoted in huffpost:
“You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
The second article feels, frankly, unnerving. A part of me doesn’t even want to publicize it, but I do think it of utmost importance that we realize the crucial historical importance of the climactic crossroads we face as a species on this still beautiful, suffering planet.
In Bill’s words: “I hate to be passing on material that is as disturbing as this, but I think we need to be fully aware and awake about the crazy and nasty state of the world. I spent a lot of time fighting the nuclear madness and sadly it hasn’t gone away.”
How do we respond to Empire’s ghastly creeping armageddon? Well, first, let us each break the spell of hopeless paralysis. We are powerful creator beings. Let’s act like it.
If each of us takes back the power we have projected into the outside world, the energy released will eclipse that of millions of nuclear explosions. LET US RE-INTERPRET THE NUCLEAR BLAST AS A MASSIVE ERUPTION OF HUMAN CREATIVITY.