Are You Experienced?
A Mind-Expanding LSD eTrip
By Goyimus Pflichterfullungius Samizdatius Veritas
25 August 2005
Foremost among his Palo Alto [often referred to as neighboring Menlo Park] recruits was Ken Kesey. In 1959, Bateson administered the first dose of LSD to Kesey. By 1962, Kesey had completed a novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which popularized the notion that society is a prison and the only truly "free" people are the insane.15
Kesey subsequently organized a circle of LSD initiates called "The Merry Pranksters." They toured the country disseminating LSD (often without forewarning the receiving parties), building up local distribution connections, and establishing the pretext for a high volume of publicity on behalf of the still minuscule "counterculture."
By 1967, the Kesey cult had handed out such quantities of LSD that a sizable drug population had emerged, centered in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.
above: Alfred E. Neuman [Mad, April 1968 cover] and Ken Kesey, a Stanford creative writing graduate student when George Bateson's guinea pig, indulging in Lyserg-S e-Diaethylamid [LSD or D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide], psilocybin [essence of magic mushrooms], mescaline [essence of peyote], and amphetamine IT-290 [AMT or alpha-methyltryptamine]. How are you feeling, Ken?
Hollywood showers the 1975 movie of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with all five major Academy Awards. Lobotomy complete?
Johnny Ole Boy,
The above tab is from a windowpane book review of The Aquarian Conspiracy, chock full of names and connections -- a virtual Merry Prankster's Who's Who of Peace & Love progenitors:
Arnold "Civilization Is Suicidal" Toynbee -- The Right Honorable Bertrand "Anti-Commie, except Russian Revolution; Anti-War, except WWII" Russell -- Aldous "Brave New World" Huxley -- George Bateson, a husband of Margaret "Free (Samoan) Love" Mead -- Ken "Magic Bus" Kesey -- Albert "Father of LSD" Hoffman -- Timothy "Turn on, Tune in, & Drop Out" Leary -- Alexander "PiHKAL, TiHKAL, Sasha" Shulgin -- Earth Day Ira "The Trunk" Einhorn -- et al.
Man, this groovy, serendipitous Internet trip all began with an August the 21st, Sunday Chicago Tribune blotter on addiction featuring Ms. Nora Volkow, great-grandaughter of none other than the Red Army Founder & White Christian Mass Murderer Leon Trotsky.
Ms. Volkow, lo & behold, is Director, US Dept of Health & Human Services, National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], and, lo & behold is a ... kiddie doper [go figure], Ritalin pusher [Ritalin being basically a moderated cocaine] -
By conducting a systematic comparison of the pharmacological effects of cocaine and methylphenidate [Ritalin] (a drug to treat children with attention deficit disorder), her studies have highlighted the importance of pharmacokinetics in enabling the reinforcing effects of stimulant drugs. These studies have shown that stimulant drugs, when used therapeutically, amplify dopamine signals in the brain and also result in improved attention and performance.
From the Trib -
She was born and grew up in the house in Mexico City where her great-grandfather, the exiled Russian revolutionary, had been assassinated in 1940 with an ice pick. Volkow, 48, said her family's history helped shape her ambitions.
"It's a sense of doing something that can improve the quality of life for people," Volkow said. "Of course I admire [Trotsky], I think he was an incredibly visionary individual."
... While trippin' on Ms. Volkow, Alexander "Dr. Ecstasy" Shulgin popped up. Then, the legalize-it-all Drug Policy Alliance bus came by -- at posted Fabian speed -- and Dr. X got on, further, its funder too: The ForEx Fox & Rosy Revolutionary George Soros, CFR'ian. Ra, Ra ... RIIA!
... and so on, until this Internet Kool-Aid has me strung out on a LaRouchie [as in Lyndon] plateau. Here's that windowpane mind-blower -
On the contrary, the overwhelming majority of anti-war protesters went into SDS [Students for a Democratic Society -- Brandeis U. their HQ] on the basis of outrage at the developments in Vietnam. But once caught in the environment defined by [Bertrand] Russell and the Tavistock Institute's psychological warfare experts, and inundated with the message that hedonistic pleasure-seeking was a legitimate alternative to "immoral war," their sense of values and their creative potential went up in a cloud of hashish smoke.
Always difficult to say what the ultimate purpose is of a former[?] Marxist, Trotskyist, Socialist Workers' Partier like LaRouche -- Takes one to know one? -- but he seems to pass the acid test, at least supplying a few kernels of truth on the drug counterculture. Plus, there are other contributions. It's first-class dis/mis-information, if nothing else.
"As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends . . . to increase. And the dictator . . . will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope, the movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate." -- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1948).
Wow, man ... what a long strange trip it's been.
Just go with the flow, man, the flashes and the flame-outs. Turn on / turn off at will ... but don't be a square, Johnny. Dig?
GOYIMUS PFLICHTERFULLUNGIUS SAMIZADATIUS VERITAS