Conspiracy theories abound, and while many can be dismissed with the wave of a hand, sometimes you need to check things out. Bring along your grains of salt, and check out this detailed and well documented essay first seen on LewRockwell.com
Eighteenth-century German philosopher Georg Friedrich Hegel long ago developed, among other things, what he called the principle of "thesis, antithesis, synthesis" to explain the process of deliberately enacted social disorder and change as a road to power.
To achieve a desired result, one deliberately creates a situation ("thesis,") devises a "solution," to solve the "problems" created by that situation ("antithesis,") with the final result being the ultimate goal of more power and control ("synthesis.") It is unsurprising Karl Marx and his disciples like Lenin and Trotsky, as well as the US government in its so-called War On Drugs, made this process a keystone of their drive for total control of all individual actions that, in their views, were not, in Mussolini s terms, "inside the state" and thus controllable by the same.
In September 1942, OSS director and Army Maj. Gen. William "Wild Bill" Donovan began his search for an effective "truth serum" to be used on POWs and captured spies. Beginning with a budget of $5,000 and the blessing of President Franklin Roosevelt, he enlisted the aid of a few prominent physicians and psychiatrists like George Estabrooks and Harry Murray as well as former Prohibition agent and notorious Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) director Harry Anslinger. [...]
It is fairly long, but an interesting read. Readers are on their own as far as deciding what to think of it.
Here is a Short Bibliography
- Bowart, Walter; Operation Mind Control, Dell Publishing, 1978.
- Delgado, Jose, Physical Control of the Mind, Harper, NYC, 1969.
- Huxley, Aldous, The Doors of Perception, Harper, NYC, 1954.
- Lee, Martin; Shalin, Bruce, Acid Dreams, 1986.
- Marchetti, Victor, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, New York, 1974.
- Marks, John, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, New York, 1975.
- Masters, Robert & Houston, Jean, The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche, 2000.
- McCoy, Alfred, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, Lawrence Hill, 1972, rev. 1991.
- Meerloo, Joost, The Rape of the Mind, Crowell, NYC, 1956.
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- Stevens, Jay, Storming Heaven – LSD and the American Dream, 1998.
Originally published in April 2001 by Michael E. Kreca. Mr. Kreca lives in San Diego and has been a financial reporter for Knight-Ridder, Business Week and the Financial Times of London.