Category Archives: drug addiction

Argumentum ad Dutertum

Moral bizarrerie

SPEAKER A: I do not believe that addiction is an illness in the same sense that Parkinson’s disease is an illness.

SPEAKER B: But you are playing Duterte’s game.

Drug addiction is a condition invented by users and doctors

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Withdrawing from heroin is far from the titanic struggle of misery portrayed by the treatment industry, Dalrymple points out. Treatment for drug addiction is, in fact, a waste of time.

Moral weakness par excellence

Close down the drug addiction clinics!

Addicts, writes Dalrymple,

would then have to face the truth, that they are as responsible for their actions as anyone else.

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NIDA now believes its propaganda

Example of propaganda put out by the National Institute for Drug Abuse

Example of propaganda put out by the National Institute for Drug Abuse

It has long been pretended by the National Institute for Drug Abuse, writes Dalrymple,

that addiction is a chronic relapsing disease in exactly the same way as, say, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic relapsing disease.

The pretence started

as a tactic to winkle money out of Congress, but as persistent liars often come to believe their lies, so the NIDA has come to believe its propaganda.

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The sort of claims made by the National Institute for Drug Abuse

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Why drug-takers are such crashing bores

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 06.46.55Dalrymple points out that drugs,

far from being expanders of consciousness, severely limit it. One of the characteristics of drug-takers is their intense and tedious self-absorption; their journeys into inner space are forays into inner vacuums. Drug-taking is a lazy man’s way of pursuing happiness and wisdom, and the shortcut turns out to be the deadest of dead ends.

Use of narcotics

has the effect of reducing men’s freedom by circumscribing the range of their interests. It impairs their ability to pursue more important human aims, such as raising a family and fulfilling civic obligations. Very often it impairs their ability to pursue gainful employment and promotes parasitism.

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Names to attract suburban Satanists

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 09.18.38Dalrymple is intrigued by the names of certain products of informal chemical factories:

  • Voodoo Gold. Merely antinomian
  • Damnation. Ditto
  • Pandora’s Box. Suggestive of the release of inner demons, or perhaps of talents (though the mythological precedent is not altogether happy)
  • Space Cadet. Suggestive of the exploration of the vast vacuum known as one’s inner space
  • Exodus. From what captivity are the consumers seeking escape? Who is their Charlton Heston? To what Promised Land are they to be led by this noid?
  • Annihilation. What of the immense progress that we think that we have made?

Revolutionary rehab: the Mao method

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Opium: force-fed by the rapacious, ruthless British maritime superpower: taken away by the merciful, resolute Great Helmsman

Some 20m patients cured

Mao Zedong, says Dalrymple (from 3:10), was

the greatest therapist of drug addiction in world history.

Large numbers of Chinese had become addicted to opium, which had been forced on them, in a vastly lucrative and longstanding racket, by gunboat-backed English traders.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 22.43.47When Mao took power, he did not hesitate to act. He threatened

to execute opium addicts if they did not give up.

Threats to murder

were about the only things Mao said that were believable, and 20m people gave up.


Out of this nettle, we pluck this flower

Nose for a story

Nose for a story

Drug addicts are a protected species

Dalrymple comes across an article in the Guardian reporting the death of a New York Times columnist, a man named Carr. Dalrymple writes that Carr

was a man unknown to me, either personally or through his writing, though a passage of his work quoted in the Guardian’s article, presumably selected as a representative sample of his style and wit, does not encourage me to read much further in his work.

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This is to writing what T-shirts are to dress: sloppy and inelegant.

In the monster's clutchesCarr, apparently, had been a cocaine addict and dealer,

but out of this nettle, addiction, he managed to pluck this flower, a regular column in the New York Times.

The Guardian describes Curr as having ‘escaped the clutches of drug addiction’. Dalrymple writes:

By the words ‘escaped the clutches’ is really meant ‘decided to stop taking’, and good for him, say I, well done, though it was not so well done to have addicted himself in the first place.

Addiction, writes Dalrymple,

is not, except in very rare circumstances, something that happens to you, but something that you do.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 22.27.59Addicts like Carr emerge as

a protected species, protected, that is, from the reach of that most vicious of all human propensities — but one which is both inevitable and necessary — the propensity to make moral judgment. Unlike, say, financiers or rapists, they know not what they do and therefore merit no reprehension. In our sentimental world, reprehension is taken to be synonymous with the withdrawal of all sympathy or understanding.

How drug addiction lies in wait for the unwary

Dalrymple writes that according to the New York Times, drug addiction 'is like, say, the Dormidera, the 80-foot-long anaconda for which Colonel Fawcett went searching in the jungles of South America, from whose mortal coils it was all but impossible to escape and which lay in wait for the unwary in the rivers and marshes'

Dalrymple writes that according to the Guardian, drug addiction ‘is like, say, the Dormidera, the 80-foot-long anaconda for which Colonel Fawcett went searching in the jungles of South America, from whose mortal coils it was all but impossible to escape and which lay in wait for the unwary in the rivers and marshes’

Withdrawal from opiates is a pretty trivial condition

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with illnesses which most of us have experienced, or by comparison with withdrawal from other drugs.

Research has shown, says Dalrymple, that

medical treatment is not necessary for heroin addicts to abandon their habit, and many thousands do so without any medical intervention whatsoever.