Responsibility

The idea of corporations seems to be mostly a way for people to avoid personal responsibility for their actions, or the actions they pay for somebody else to carry out. So without a chance in hell of losing their charter or any money over their investment, people—mostly middle- and upper-class, I suppose—can bankroll whatever they think will make them even more money, and they pretty much know what that might be, like drilling for offshore oil. Still, I can imagine a scenario wherein there would be no question as to who would pay for British Petroleum’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shoddy federal oversight probably contributed, but that’s no reason for taxes to pay for removing it. I suppose there are good reasons to expect BP to pay for it somehow, transferring assets or something else electronic. BP apparently has a long history of cutting corners and lying and paying the fine and doing it again. That’s good business, but only because of what’s been called the corporate veil, a benefit of an imaginary person that relieves shareholders of their legal responsibility for its actions.

I can imagine moral responsibility being unaffected by the law and shareholders paying for whatever the business couldn’t cover. Or we could apportion the cleanup cost according to our petroleum consumption—gas and oil, plastics, natural gas, everything. That seems fair to me. I wonder what I would owe?

I recently read an Associated Press article by Martha Mendoza online that recounts the history of the drug war and concludes that it was a failure in every way. I suspect that anything we call a war is doomed to failure because it implies intolerance, and nothing in nature is entirely one thing. We’ve grown so used to accepting half-truths and outright lies that our fearful leaders can fiddle around forfuckingever even after the truth becomes general knowledge before anything actually happens, which is what’s going on with the drug war.

Everybody you know understands that the war on drugs has done nothing useful, but it’s taking years to undo the hundreds of tangled statutes that our chickenshit lawmakers and their funders have dreamed up over the years. The responsibilities lie with the politicians, bureaucrats, and goons who took part in a bogus war, all of the ones who actually persecuted and prosecuted and killed the millions of people who suffered from a drug’s illegality, and especially people who are still at it.

I can imagine a United States where all those people who executed the orders from the hierarchy and arrested and beat and shot and judged and sentenced and degraded the victims of the drug war make restitution to atone for their part, and we release drug prisoners and restore their right to vote before November. That’ll be some election.

Posted Sunday, June 20th, 2010 under drugs, fear, government, Uncategorized.

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  1. One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and non-whites in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

    The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and an evil prohibition. Canadian Marc Emery was extradited to prison for helping American farmers reduce U. S. demand for Mexican pot.

    The CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) reincarnates Al Capone, endangers homeland security, and throws good money after bad. Fiscal policy burns tax dollars to root out the number-one cash crop in the land, instead of taxing sales. Society rejected the plague of prohibition, but it mutated. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

    Nixon passed the CSA on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use. Former U.K. chief drugs advisor Prof. Nutt was sacked for revealing that non-smoked cannabis intake is scientifically healthy.

    The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership or an act of Congress to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. God’s children’s free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with their maker.

    Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

    Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. Liberty is prerequisite for tracking drug-use intentions and outcomes.

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