Western society has only recently begun to accept the merit of indigenous wisdom that stretches back to time immemorial concerning psychedelic plant medicines. And though psychedelics have become trendy throughout pop culture in recent years, the psychedelic experience itself remains a mystery still for society at large. But the psychedelic experience is as central to understanding our humanness as having sex or birthing children or accepting responsibilities. And yet it is illegal. This prohibition deliberately thwarts our collective potential, renders the citizenry infantile and undermines America’s freedom of religious expression. Our culturally immature empire allows its inhabitants to wander the sanctioned playpen of ordinary consciousness, but boundary-dissolving hallucinogens that provide a sense of unity with our fellow humans are somehow forbidden. If we are not sovereign to make free choices over our own consciousness then we are not free in any sense of the word.
America is plagued by an array of pathologies that arise from hopelessness, despair, and the seizure of civil society. The suicide epidemic is a direct manifestation of a society ravaged by corporate pillaging. Neither of the two corporate-owned political parties address our systemic problems, and the obscene concentration of resources in an incredibly small number of hands reveals America’s greatest hypocrisy. Competition disappears before our eyes as Amazon secures total monopoly over online commerce and distribution. If Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods and the Washington Post didn’t frighten us, their wider move into the global business of law enforcement and security certainly should. Our antitrust commissions abdicate their responsibilities by allowing this level of consolidation of power to continue when 70% of the population can no longer generate enough income to afford basic necessities. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed these diseases will only grow.
Experimental evidence from UC Berkeley strongly confirms that rich people are more likely to break the law while driving, cheat in a game of chance, lie during negotiations and endorse unethical behavior, including stealing at work. Conversely, take someone who is rich and make them feel poor, and they become more generous. But clever fat cats merely exploit the window dressing of charity to further enrich and empower themselves. Nick Checota’s LogJam Foundation is a good case in point. While Checota’s $50,000 Public Library wealth transfer is being framed as a “donation”, the real incentives for parking money in foundations involve huge tax benefits. And despite Logjam’s claim that they are “committed to the sustainability of the community”, they demonstrate an utter contempt for said community by depleting the Missoula Redevelopment Agency piggy bank by $16.5 million. This week’s $50k “donation” seems little more than a public relations smokescreen to obfuscate the biggest taxpayer giveaway in Montana State history.