|Talking about liberation and enlightenment, the Buddha said an amazing thing: "Three things cannot remain hidden: the Moon, the Sun, and the Truth" (DigitalTurkey-graph/flickr.com).|
|My mongoose at my acid.|
|Chasing the Scream (Johann Hari)|
What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths:
- Drugs are not what we think they are.
- Addiction is not what we think it is.
- And the Drug War has very different motives than the ones we have been by on our TV screens for so long.
|Money and rap music lure "enemies" for police to track, attack, and imprison in this "war."|
In his new book Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the life stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this bogus war.
They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn, New York, searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out.
It begins with Hari’s discovery that at the birth of the War on Drugs, jazz legend Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this American police state crusade. It ends with the story of a brave medical doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.
Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war – in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial – and consequential – questions of our time.
|We're launching a war on your plastic baggies, and all of you are terrorists! Back up!|
What's being said about Chasing the Scream
– Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept), Pulitzer Prize winner
“An absolutely stunning book. It will blow people away.”
– Elton John, iconic musician
“Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling.”
– Naomi Klein, author
“Wonderful… I couldn’t put it down.”
– Noam Chomsky
“This book is, forgive the obvious phrase, screamingly addictive. The story it tells, jaw-droppingly horrific, hilarious and incredible, is one everyone should know: that it is all true boggles the mind, fascinates and infuriates in equal measure. Johann Hari, in brilliant prose, exposes one of the greatest and most harmful scandals of the past hundred years.”
– Stephen Fry
“This book is as intoxicatingly thrilling as crack, without destroying your teeth. It will change the drug debate forever.”
– Russell Brand, comedian, truth teller
|Police make money from the War on Drugs|
– Norman Stamper, former police chief of Seattle
“In this energetic and thought-proving book, Hari harnesses the power of the personal narrative to reveal the true causes and consequences of the War on Drugs.”
– David Nutt, former chief scientific advisor on drugs to the British government
“This book is an entertainment, a great character study and page-turning storytelling all rolled into one very sophisticated and compelling cry for social justice.”
– Stephen Downing, formerly in charge of the Narcotics Division of the Los Angeles Police Department