From Jaguar Press:
We are made sick in this world. Fed on garbage and medicated on fear, our bodies are reaching their toxic limit physically and psychically. Who could tell us not to get fucked up, when we have to deal with genocide, factory slaughter, and the perpetual betrayal of our democracy and freedom. When the tortures of capitalist society circle our heads like a bloody carousel, where is there relief? This article will examine briefly the relationship between alcohol and marijuana and revolution.
We find solace in the effect of altering our perception and the routine of addiction. Alcohol is one of our favorites, of course, and we get drunk and act stupid and laws get put on the books and the drunks go to jail. It’s subject to absurd levels of social control and cultural stigma so that we have a hard time breaking from the mind numbing routine—drinking at a bar or a house flirting, hooking up and feeling strong/not-so-strongly about the experience.
It is a tool of and in some cases a pillar of patriarchy and a sustainer of the status-quo. Frederick Douglass said, “When a slave was drunk, the slaveholder had no fear that he would plan an insurrection… It was the sober, thinking slave who was dangerous, and needed the vigilance of his master to keep him a slave.” Major brewers and distillers target their products at the poor and restless to calm us so, ultimately, alcohol retards spiritual/anti-capitalist growth….
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