THE NEW DRUGGED SOCIETY!
The multi-billion-dollar-a-year drug industry in the U.S., both legal and illegal, has become an economic, political and social issue that is a frightening and dangerous example of the failure of basic parental responsibility, teacher responsibility, government responsibility, industry responsibility, news media responsibility, and more.
The movement toward a drug-addicted society began with the Hippie phenomenon of the 1960s and from then on was promoted by news media coverage and the movie and music industries.
By 2010 the market for illegal drugs in the U.S. had spawned a war in Mexico, pitting drug cartels against the government—a war that the government was in-capable of winning, resulting in it beginning to consider legalizing recreational drug use—a concept highly criticized by those who pointed out that it was the market for drugs in the U.S. that fueled and financed the Mexican drug cartels.
In the United States the movement to legalize marijuana was making dramatic inroads under the guise of “medical marijuana”—a movement headed by the Medical Marijuana Project, a lobbying and information group based in Washington, D.C. that was both insidious and clever in presenting the benefits of thou-sands of new marijuana drugstores across the country.
Again, it was money that drove this movement, not concern for people who had illnesses that cause permanent pain. And because dealing in drugs is extremely profitable there was no lack of money to finance the campaign.
Listening to proponents of medical marijuana—those in government as well as those on the outside—one could assume that legalizing medical pot was an opportunity to create thousands of good-paying jobs and bring large amounts of tax dollars into city and state coffers.
Some Arizona politicians who were asked about the push to legalize medical marijuana suggested that it might be a good idea for the dispensaries to be run by the state. Others suggested that the dispensaries should be associated with pharmacies and other medical providers. Arizona voters approved the sale of “medical pot” in the state in 2010—demonstrating once again the willful ignorance of most voters.
The first states to approve of medical marijuana dispensaries were California in 1996; Alaska, Oregon and Washington in 1998 and Maine in 1999. All people need to buy pot legally in states where it has been approved is a note from a doctor saying they would benefit from it. Doctors get paid for passing out these prescriptions.
Given the legal production and sale of alcohol and nicotine products it seems inevitable that marijuana will be legalized by tax-hungry states.
When the use of marijuana, heroin, meth and other drugs are added to the vast and still growing array of legal drugs sold in the United States the total is staggering. Several million people of all ages, including children, are on daily dosages of prescribed drugs… many of which have no beneficial effect whatsoever and some of which have serious side-effects.
Referring to the national epidemic of pill popping, TIME magazine labeled the “well-intentioned” use of drugs prescribed by regular doctors as “Addiction by Prescription.”
It goes without saying that both the legal and illegal drug industries are profit-and-growth-driven…the new American morality.
There is no end to the reach and influence of the profit motive in American life. It permeates and prevails in virtually everything we do outside of pure charity work, overriding commonsense and any pre-tense of morality.
The health insurance industry’s stealth campaign to prevent health care reform, carried out by some of the country’s top public relations pros on behalf of their corporate clients, was an example of the power of businesses to preserve their profit margins at the expense of the people they claim to serve. The profit morality is not limited to businesses.
Religion as a Profit-Making Business
The Catholic Church in particular is a huge commercial and political enterprise more concerned with profit and growth—and keeping males on top—than with the spiritual lives of its members.
In fact, the Catholic Church has been more interested in profits and politics than in truth and in the quality of life since before the Middle Ages, but it was only with the dramatic increase in knowledge and the educational level of the laity that the Church began to lose spiritual relevance. The Pope and his huge staff of generals have become business managers, more interested in profit-and-loss than in convincing members that they will go to Heaven when they die if they follow the ancient dictates and continue to finance the Church.
The loss of religion-based morality in business, politics and society in general—as inhuman and as discriminatory as it always has been—was nevertheless a real loss because it at least had some standards of conduct for people in charge that sometimes benefitted those without power.
Now, there is no area of human endeavor that is not controlled by the profit motive, and more often than not profit takes precedence over any abstract religious morality that has survived. This includes education and politics in addition to every category of business.
Well before the turn of the 21st century the rise of the profit morality had become even more complicated because of the increasing international demand for oil and raw materials to feed the insatiable maws of modern life.
***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.
Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!