7 thoughts on “British Medical Journal 17 December 2014: Drug Policy: We Need Brave Politicians and Open Minds

  1. I. The original title of the response:

    – Drug policy: we probably need an “irrational authority”.

    Read as:

    – Drug policy: we definitely need an “irrational authority”.

    II. Societies like the American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Psychiatric Association have been self-proclaimed as “rational authorities”: a euphemism created probably by complex defense mechanisms of self-preservation in a society used to suppress dissenters and reward the wrongdoers.

    “The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    III. We probably need more “irrational authorities”.


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