by David Lenson
Unlike Thomas Szasz, who argues forcefully for the legalization of drugs in Our Right to Drugs (Praeger, 1992), Lenson tackles this subject by meditating on the national consumerist paradigm, the way the war on drugs closed avenues for heterogeneity, the lack of a vocabulary to describe changes in a user's consciousness, the senselessness of talking about "drugs" indiscrim...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by University of Minnesota Press
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The author lays out in his introduction his approach to the topic. He admits that he is not a biologist or historian or a psychologist although he does have academic degrees. The focus is on the illegal drugs that some people choose to use to achieve an alternative consciousness. According to David Lenson this should be allowed by society for those who want to escape our consumerist culture. The tone of the book is high brow academic. It is written as if his only exposure to drug use and abuse w...more
David Lenson is editor of the Massachusetts Review; he plays saxophone with Ed Vadas and with the Reprobate Blues Band.More about David Lenson...