Chasing the Scream

Chasing the Scream, The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari. Portugal has legalized drug usage, but not drug dealing. In 1974, the people of Portugal overthrew the Salazar dictatorship.

“On my last day in Lisbon, I thought of João as a young man on the streets of Lisbon, watching tyranny fall–and I thought I could now see why he believes this is the continuation of the spirit of 1974. The Portuguese people rose up then to say that every single one of them deserved a life and a voice, and that they would not be beaten down or shut up ever again. And now their drug policy says that every one of them–even the weakest and sickest of their siblings–deserve not to be beaten down or shut up but to be embraced and offered hope, and love.

“In a true democracy, nobody gets written off. Nobody gets abandoned. Nobody’s life is declared to be not worth living. That was the spirit of the revolution. The revolution lives.”

Only in Trump’s America, Putin’s Russia and places like it are people written off.

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