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

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.

About the Author

Jacob Sullum is a widely published journalist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585423187
Other:
Sullum, Jacob
Publisher:
Tarcher
Author:
Sullum, Jacob
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Policy
Subject:
American Studies; Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
1400x1200
Age Level:
from 18

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Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Drug and Alcohol Addiction
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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.

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