Philosopher Alan Watts Describes His Experiences On Drugs

“…the programs, government sponsored, concerning the use of addictive drugs, are a total failure.  Not only a total failure, but they are making the problem worse.  They are so stupid, that anyone supporting those laws must either be a moron or involved in the racket. It’s that bad.

First of all, we all know that government agencies are self serving institutions.  Lets face it, a person in a government agency wants to keep a job.  So we’ll consider the Bureau of Narcotics.  It is in the interest of that bureau that there be a drug problem, because if there weren’t, the bureau would have no reason for existence.

And this is true of police matters on a much broader scale. Because the drug problem is a subdivision of what we will call sumptuary laws.  A sumptuary law is a confusion of church and state.  It is a law against sin as distinct from crime.  In my definition, although these definitions can always be disputed, as it were, on the edges, a crime is an offense against society in which somebody is injured and is disposed to complain.  A person was robbed, assaulted, simply doesn’t want that to happen.

But there are innumerable sins, you might call them, although that is an ecclesiastical term, or we might say crimes without victims.  Such as gambling, prostitution, drug taking, and various forms of sexual relationships.  And when you try to regulate these things by law, you invariably enter into a super-colossal mess.”

There’s no date on this lecture, but this was likely recorded around 1975.  Alan Watts is my favorite philosopher.  As far as I am concerned, he’s in a league of his own.  I know a lot of ancaps love Stefan Molyneux, as do I.  But Molyneux throws out the baby with the bathwater when it comes to spirituality.

I’m not a religious person, but it’s clear to me that consciousness is not some brain based localized phenomena.  It is timeless. All the physics in the world will never be able to describe even the simplest of emotions.  Perception and emotion cannot be reduced to a physics equation, because physics can only describe the movement of matter.  Consciousness is immaterial.

During the lecture, Watts speculates that the real cause for the Vietnam War may have been rooted in the opium trade.  I find this to be fascinating perspective, given our most recent excursion into Afghanistan.  The year prior to our invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban had completely shutdown opium production throughout the country.  The following year, Afghanistan was one of the largest heroin producing nations on the face of the Earth, and still is to this day.