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Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use

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Jacob Sullum goes beyond debate on legalization or the proper way to win the "war on drugs," to the heart of a social and individual defense of using drugs.

Saying Yes argues that the all-or-nothing thinking that has long dominated discussions of illegal drug use should give way to a wiser, subtler approach. Exemplified by the tradition of moderate drinking, such an approach rejects the idea that there is something inherently wrong with using chemicals to alter one's mood or mind. Saying Yes further contends that the conventional understanding of addiction, portraying it as a kind of chemical slavery in which the user's values and wishes do not matter, is also fundamentally misleading.

Writing in a lively and provocative style that earned him critical acclaim for his previous book, Sullum contrasts drug use as it is described by politicians and propagandists with drug use as it is experienced by the silent majority of users. The lives they lead challenge a central premise of the war on drugs: the idea that certain substances have the power to compel immoral behavior.

Synopsis:

A satirical examination of how government agencies and the media have affected Americans views of drug use.

Synopsis:

The nationally syndicated columnist and Reason magazine editor presents a damning portrait of how politicized government agencies, antidrug activists, and a naïve national media have exaggerated the public's fears of the harmful effects of recreational drugs.

Jacob Sullum goes beyond the debate on legalization or the proper way to win the "war on drugs," to the heart of a social and individual defense of using drugs. Saying Yes argues that the all-or-nothing thinking that has long dominated discussions of illegal drug use should give way to a wiser, subtler approach exemplified by the tradition of moderate drinking. Saying Yes further contends that the conventional understanding of addiction, portraying it as a kind of chemical slavery in which the user's values and wishes do not matter, is also fundamentally misleading.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-332) and index.

About the Author

Jacob Sullum is the author of For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health. He is a senior editor at Reason and a syndicated columnist with Creator's Syndicate. Sullum's weekly column appears in newspapers across the country. His work has also appeared in Cigar Aficionado, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585422272
Subtitle:
In Defense of Drug Use
Author:
Sullum, Jacob
Publisher:
Tarcher
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Drug legalization
Subject:
Drug utilization.
Subject:
Drug abuse surveys.
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Policy
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 130
Publication Date:
20030512
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.57x5.84x1.17 in. 1.10 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Jeremy P. Tarcher - English 9781585422272 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A satirical examination of how government agencies and the media have affected Americans views of drug use.
"Synopsis" by ,
The nationally syndicated columnist and Reason magazine editor presents a damning portrait of how politicized government agencies, antidrug activists, and a naïve national media have exaggerated the public's fears of the harmful effects of recreational drugs.

Jacob Sullum goes beyond the debate on legalization or the proper way to win the "war on drugs," to the heart of a social and individual defense of using drugs. Saying Yes argues that the all-or-nothing thinking that has long dominated discussions of illegal drug use should give way to a wiser, subtler approach exemplified by the tradition of moderate drinking. Saying Yes further contends that the conventional understanding of addiction, portraying it as a kind of chemical slavery in which the user's values and wishes do not matter, is also fundamentally misleading.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-332) and index.
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