Neil Sanders returns to talk with Richard D. Hall about recreational drugs. He argues that the traditionally accepted view that governments have made certain drugs illegal because they are looking after their citizens is a myth. He contends making certain substances illegal has been used to great effect to control society in various ways. He explains that the CIA and the DEA promote illegal drug use and run much of the drug trade. Once certain communities are “hooked” they can then if they wish crack down and criminalise large swathes of people. Neil cites various reasons for this strategy, namely, getting people into prison so they can be used for slave labour, or cracking down on certain political parties or influential people. Could there be other reasons why the government have criminalised certain drugs, such as preventing people finding paths to enlightenment?
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