Activism

How Weed Legalization Represents Pan-Secessionist Success

We now have a number of test models for the pan-secessionist concept.

Many ATS readers are younger people who likely do not recall how intense the “war on drugs” propaganda was in the 1980s and 1990s. At that time, the war on terrorism hadn’t yet begun, and the culture wars in their present form were only getting started. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Nixon, Reagan, and Poppy Bush regimes sought to strengthen the domestic American police state in response to the uprisings of the 1960s by creating a smokescreen through which law enforcement could be de facto nationalized. The “war on drugs” provided the perfect pretext. A book published in the mid-1990s by the historian Richard Lawrence Miller documented how the US regime had used the “war on drugs” from the early 70s onward for the purpose of expanding the police state by targeting social outgroups associated with the drug culture. Miller drew a comparison between the “drug war” and the Third Reich’s use of anti-Semitism and other methods for the purpose of creating the Nazi police state.

The book is available through Amazon.

Interestingly, however, the drug war reached a certain level and leveled off during the George W. Bush regime as the focus of the police state suddenly became the war on terrorism following 9/11. The drug war wasn’t abandoned at this point but it ceased to continue to escalate and largely remained static.  What seems to have happened since is that a combination of generational and cultural change, combined with the effects of long-term weed legalization activism, caused a shift regarding weed about ten years ago, where all of a sudden marijuana laws started falling or at least being rolled back at the state and local level. Most of this was done by means of grassroots activism followed by ballot initiatives, although in some instances actual legislation or unilateral decisions by prosecutors were involved. As this Wikipedia entry indicates, marijuana law in the US today is now a patchwork of legal, semi-legal, and illegal jurisdictions. Additionally, all of this was done in direct defiance of the federal government, which has largely acquiesced in what amounts to a pan-secessionist action by 40 percent of jurisdictions in the US and its territories. Some jurisdictions have liberalized or merely ignored laws pertaining to other drugs as well. Other movements have used similar methods, notably the pro-gun and pro-immigration camps, and these models provide interesting examples of what the future of subversive tactics will be.  Of course, I don’t really think the overlords of the empire care about weed, immigration, guns, or any other conventional issue. All of these things are merely a means to an end. Instead, everything is just about protecting the wealth and power of the power elite. And defying drug laws is not the same thing as dissolving the US federal government altogether. Even after the Soviet-like collapse of the USA, we will still have a world of regional powers, and a global power elite, to contend with, which is why we ultimately need a world anti-statist movement similar to the Non-Aligned Movement, only with a focus on groups and individuals, rather than national governments.

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