9781585422272

Saying Yes In Defense of Drug Use

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  • ISBN13:

    9781585422272

  • ISBN10:

    1585422274

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-05-12
  • Publisher: Tarcher

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Summary

Jacob Sullum goes beyond debate on legalization or the proper way to win the "war on drugs," to the heart of a social and individual defense of using drugs. Saying Yesargues that the all-or-nothing thinking that has long dominated discussions of illegal drug use should give way to a wiser, subtler approach. Exemplified by the tradition of moderate drinking, such an approach rejects the idea that there is something inherently wrong with using chemicals to alter one's mood or mind. Saying Yesfurther contends that the conventional understanding of addiction, portraying it as a kind of chemical slavery in which the user's values and wishes do not matter, is also fundamentally misleading. Writing in a lively and provocative style that earned him critical acclaim for his previous book, Sullum contrasts drug use as it is described by politicians and propagandists with drug use as it is experienced by the silent majority of users. The lives they lead challenge a central premise of the war on drugs: the idea that certain substances have the power to compel immoral behavior.

Author Biography

Jacob Sullum is the author of For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health. He is a senior editor at Reason and a syndicated columnist with Creator's Syndicate. Sullum's weekly column appears in newspapers across the country. His work has also appeared in Cigar Aficionado, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1(3)
Author's Note 3(4)
Introduction: The Silent Majority 7(24)
Chemical Reactions
31(23)
Strong Drink
54(46)
Going Nowhere
100(36)
Crazy, Man
136(32)
Random Sex Acts
168(24)
Killer Drugs
192(29)
Too Good
221(28)
Body and Soul
249(22)
Conclusion: Managing Moderation 271(14)
Notes 285(34)
Bibliography 319(14)
Index 333(6)
About the Author 339

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