The drugged culture

(We need a certification of the cultural products)

by Blade Runner



Obviously this is not news; everybody knows that the so-called international jet-set  uses drugs heavily. Famous people, politicians, surgeons, show-business people at least inhale cocaine. I am not a moralist, and I believe that each adult human is free to take drugs and/or to commit suicide as he/she better believes. 

My reasoning, therefore, is not to call for more severe laws. I believe rather that any law on the consumption of drug should be abolished, since  complete freedom would allow a much greater transparency.

In fact I want to be free too, as a consumer of cultural products and consumer of sanitary services (just to mention two examples), to know and decide what I’m going to consume. While many people fear the GMO, and  have a right  to demand that the exact nature of any product was written on the product’ label, I am very much more worried about concepts inoculated by TV and movies, and by the cultural or pseudo-cultural products in general, in my mind and in the mind of my children. I wish therefore that, in the credits of a film, it was clearly written whether the director drugs himself, and with what: a notable and substantial difference exists, in fact, among the effects induced by the cannabis and the effects induced by the derivatives of the poppy or by the concentration of the principles contained in the coca plant.

As a voter, I wish that, in the curriculum of a political candidate for election, it was written: cocaine addict, if the gentleman uses the taxpayers’ money to buy his dose. Allowing that, I repeat, every adult has a right to take drugs (possibly using his/her own money), as a citizen I have to be free not to purchase his/her products, if I think they are dangerous. And I think they are.

A cocaine addict, when not under the influence of the drug, feels like a subnormal person, and, since coke produces tolerance, he is forced to continually increase the dose. Using higher and higher doses. irritability, psychotic effects and paranoia are continuously increased (, The cocaine addict will have the tendency to consider the "common" people as subnormal ones. The resulting vision of reality is distorted, cynic and cruel, disdainful towards the "common" people, and it is very evident that human life doesn't have any value for him (or for her). This could at least partly explain the origin of the exaltation of murder and violence that we see in so many movie products, the triumph of the noir as a literary kind, of the trash in TV, and the silly and repetitive mental encumbrance of so much commercial music (if we want to keep on definining it as music). And if we were to investigate who decided many anti-human political strategies, maybe in many cases we would find that the decisions are made by psychotics fuelled by drugs. We see the effects of such distorted strategies unfortunately every day, and they certain don't improve the possibilities for survival and continuation of our civilization, expecially if we are entering the most difficult and critical phase of our history.

The market and our defective democracy, bring often morally questionable people to the cultural and political forefront of the civilization. If we are entering difficult times, we definitely need the best cultural leaders, far superior to the current ones. We will not need to abolish the market or democracy, and not even to worry so much about the electoral rules: very much more relevant is to understand who we are voting for, i.e. whom we are entrusting, paying him/her € 20.000,00 per month, to manage  public affairs for us.

Would you, whether employee or owner, like to have a psychotic in a position of great responsibility in your firm? Would you like to be operated on by a drugged surgeon? It will be enough to open our eyes, to understand  the real risks, and to start to exercise our rights as consumers and sovereign citizens. We ought therefore to improve the market and  democracy, creating more tools for direct participation in democracy, allowing sovereign citizens to practice their government and their liberty of judgment and choice.

[English editing by Michael Martin-Smith]

[020.BR.TDF.2005 - 10.11.2005]