DRUG BUST LIBERTARIAN WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
by Donald Meinshausen, guest contributor.
[April 18, 2005]
I have been found guilty of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and marijuana on both state and federal charges, and may end up in prison for several
years. My involvement with MDMA is based on the research showing
how this drug has helped post-traumatic stress syndrome patients, and helped
open the hearts and minds of people to the good there is around them. I've never dealt with dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine, amphetimines,
barbituates, or tobacco.
Psychedelics offer low toxicity
and risk of addiction, and are scientifically proven to aid in creativity, spirituality,
drug rehabilitation, counseling, and added enjoyment of music, art, and
sex. Erowid and Maps.org offer proof that over a 1,000 papers were written about these drugs before
they were banned -- and that the scientific research continues to this
from suppressing the benefits of psychedelics,
the drug war is draining our entreprenuerial talent. Successful entrepreneurs
must be intelligent, daring, and a good judge of character. So must
drug dealers. Yet a 100 dealers are required to do what one clerk
can do if drugs were re-legalized. These dealers' talents would then
be rechanneled to create other businesses that would hire people and create
as a headhunter on Wall Street, in commodities firms, and at a top insurance
agency, and I've seen more character in those dealing psychedelics and
hemp than I've seen at "legitimate" companies. When you work underground,
your reputation is everything; no company, no PR, no legislation can help
or hurt you.
Checking into drug rehab centers is a decision that only the drug user can make, and not anybody else.
* My Libertarian Past
of the modern libertarian movement was the draft
card burning at a Young
Americans for Freedom convention in 1969.
student group was anti-draft but pro-war and anti-New Left. After
a resolution calling for YAF to support draft resistance was defeated,
a college student burned his draft card. YAF's symbol was a torch,
and a New Left symbol was draft card burning, so this clash of symbols
infuriated the conservatives. The resulting melee disgusted the libertarian
caucus, whose walkout became the genesis of our movement.
that draft card burning. I also wrote the draft resistance resolution.
in 1969, I'd organized a panel on the difference between libertarians and
conservatives with Jerome
Tuccille (then an Objectivist)
and Karl Hess. The panel was so successful that people formed the above libertarian caucus
active in the movement ever since, working on ballot drives from 1973 to
1988. In 2004, I wrote Petitioning
for Fun and Profit. I've written for Reason, Liberty
for All, and Rational Review. I'm a columnist for the Unitarian pagan site. As an LP debate
coordinator, I organized the Green-Libertairan debate held in New York
City during the GOP convention -- which was covered by C-SPAN.
for a guy who accomplished all that while under house arrest.
* How YOU Can Help
I hope to
move to California after my release from prison, which will be in time
for the 2008 election. I hope someone can help me find housing and
a job so that I can continue to promote liberty. I would also like
correspondence while in prison so that I may keep current. Please
send me copies of interesting email and blogs, as well as magazines and
books after you're done with them, as well as personal letters.
go in April 15, or I may get another extension. If there is no reply
from me via e-mail please send it to my attorney:
c/o Steve Patrizio
722 Sansom St.
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