Heroin, Harm Reduction, and Self-Defeating Leftists

As it relates to progressivism/leftism, there are two observations that we frequently make in these parts:

  • progressivism necessitates governmental expansion
  • progressivism makes possible the political entrenchment of corporatist & globalist interests that do not have humanity’s best interests at heart.

For these reasons alone, progressivism is an incredibly virulent agent of unfreedom and destruction that must be combated at every opportunity.

The thing about progressivism that I’ve always thought curious is the disconnect between the policies that progressives support and the consequent outcomes of those selfsame policies. What I’ve noticed is that the policies, systems, and actors that they favor more often than not create the conditions that inadvertently facilitate the rise of policies, systems, and actors that they disfavor. This occurs because the average progressive leftist is incapable of making connections between disparate and seemingly unrelated things.

To make things more concrete: leftists support unfettered social liberalism at all costs and either (1) ignore the societal decay that this extreme liberalism leaves in its wake or (2) blames the resultant decay on “the system.” They decry all formal attempts to police the decay and malign all informal criticisms of the decay as “intolerant.”  Leftists are, at the same time, intensely anti corporation. What they never realize is that by encouraging aberrant and destructive behaviors while handicapping all effective legal and social mechanisms that would control aberrant and destructive behaviors, they create a scenario wherein the very interests they oppose (corporations) become the only entities capable of dealing with the rot that is a direct consequence of the things they support.

Take this NPR article about an anti overdose drug, for example.

Around the U.S., a worsening heroin epidemic has more and more cities turning to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to reduce deaths from abuse. Also known as Narcan, the medication blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the respiratory depression that occurs during an overdose.

The article begins by unironically stating that another drug is what’s needed to control a drug epidemic that is already raging out of control. Naturally, the Brahmins at NPR won’t bother to consider the underlying causes of this terrible epidemic; they’ll just wring their hands and wail about how horrible this all is. I’ll venture this guess though: I bet that all of the hand wringers are the same people who support comprehensive drug decriminalization, because recreational drug use doesn’t hurt anybody. Except when it hurts everybody, of course.

So what’s been happening as a result of this epidemic and what’s going on with naloxone?

Baltimore recently stepped up its naloxone training, focusing on drug users, and their families and friends. So far this year, city health workers have taught nearly 4,400 people how to use naloxone. That’s more than quadruple the number trained in 2014. A big concern for Baltimore and other cities is the price of naloxone, which has risen dramatically as demand has gone up. In February, the Baltimore City Health Department was paying about $20 a dose. By July, the price had climbed to nearly $40 a dose.

It turns out that turning a blind eye to drug use and discouraging authorities from vigorously prosecuting users and dealers has had a deleterious impact on cities around the U.S. Liberal nonjudgmentalism has a rather steep cost, it would appear. Now, rather than penalizing drug users, keeping drugs off the streets, and cracking down on scum of the earth dealers and other drug trade operatives, American city leaders must contract with a third-party, institutional drug dealer pharmaceutical company to obtain licit drugs to prevent their residents from overdosing on illicit drugs that, due to the cities’ lax drug law enforcement, has been flooding their streets.

Of course, as these cities devolve into modern-day opium dens, city governments must expand their suite of services (and raise taxes) to ensure that their residents don’t drop like flies from overdoses. As cities across the U.S. race to stockpile the drug of all drugs from the same manufacturer, the manufacturer has begun to increase the price. This price increase only reflects the increased costs of R & D and not the realities of supply and demand, of course.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, places the blame squarely on the manufacturers and, in particular, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the naloxone most widely used by health departments and police.

“When drug companies increase their prices and charge exorbitant rates, they decrease the access to the drug,” Cummings said this summer. “There’s something awfully wrong with that picture.”

Amphastar says it raised prices because of increased manufacturing costs, including a rise in the prices of raw materials, energy and labor.

“What’s wrong with [the] picture” is actually that cities are looking to a drug company to deal with the effects of their bad governance rather than improving the quality of their governance and taking active measures to deal with the fallout from their shit policies.

While naloxone has been around for decades, Amphastar has excelled in drug delivery design. No icky needles. So for the time being, Amphastar is the only game in town.

Today, Baltimore and other cities are choosing intranasal naloxone for community use — naloxone that can be sprayed into the nostril and doesn’t require needles. The intranasal delivery method isn’t explicitly approved by the FDA. Amphastar is currently the only company that makes naloxone in a dosage that can be administered that way.

Great. So what’s the obvious effect of this? Demand for naloxone is rising (over 40 states have passed laws facilitating access to naloxone) while the supply remains pretty much flat, and Amphastar has an effective monopoly, so prices rise. Of course, this places the corporation in a pretty flush bargaining position and forces city officials to go cap in hand to it. So now, this corporation can call the shots. This corporation can manipulate prices. This corporation now has a seat at the political table. The corporation has the power extract money from cities and steer cities in directions that will be beneficial to it. And stupid prog drug liberalization policies have made this possible. But never will they question the wisdom of what they have promoted. Thus have the anti corporatist pursued policies that ultimately produced corporate capture, allowing this company to gouge the nation.

Rather than discouraging and penalizing vice (because that would be judgmental and cast the first stone and f*ck the drug war man!) and allowing the “prison-industrial complex” to do the job of keeping drugs, drug dealers, and drug users off the streets (because prisons are corporations man!), leftists make possible the creation of new, equally corporatist stakeholder interests that arise in order to deal with the blowback from policies that were designed to reduce the influence of such stakeholders in the political process in the first place. I bet these corporations also support moves towards more sensible drug policy and harm reduction.

Stupid, but square one always looks like progress to the dim-witted.


Red April

It should by now be manifestly clear to all thinking people that the “spontaneous” “grassroots” “unrest” that has been erupting in towns and cities across the U.S., ostensibly in response to fatal police brutality events is anything but.  These are not organic uprisings.  These are not principled resistance movements spearheaded by the people.  These demonstrations are nothing more than the organized and tactical release of the underclass Kraken, fomented by leftist operatives and designed to further destabilize an already flailing society and government.  This is Red April.

Let’s analyze this objectively.  Why Freddie Gray in Baltimore, MD but not North Charleston, SC, where Walter Scott was gunned down three weeks ago?  Why are we seeing “protests” for a killing where the evidence is unclear and largely unavailable, but not for a killing where there the events are unequivocal, caught on camera and aired for the world to see?  To take us back even further, why not New York City? Why not Cleveland, Ohio?  Folks, Baltimore is strategic.  Baltimore is part of a plan.  I can’t say that I know what the endgame is, but I do know that despite the lies, this “unrest” is part of a larger, finely orchestrated operation aimed at spreading chaos and disorder.

A number of the academic revolutionaries have let the mask slip, so convinced are they that Baltimore is the catalyst that they have been waiting for.  They openly congratulate the rioters, offer them support, and affirm solidarity with them.  The hashtags scream for revolution.

Why Red April?  Because these are the Bolsheviks of our day, prepared to turn the White House into the 21st century Winter Palace.  The lions of the left: academic revolutionaries, neo-Marxists, organizers, and undercover operatives are in league with each other.  They are opportunists intending to take advantage of the weakened city government of Baltimore and state government of Maryland.  They intend to further inflame the passions of a restless and resentful populace.  They want to use Baltimore as a launching pad for the revolution that they have been longing for.

One of these things is not like the other.

Examine this picture.  Here we have a young woman protesting to demand justice for a host of young black men killed by the police.  Fair enough.  But then we see something curious.  What does it say at the end of the list of names?  1199 SEIU, a branch of the Service Employees International Union representing the world’s largest local union.  What does union membership have to do with police brutality?  Absolutely nothing on face; superficially, this is a complete non sequitur.  Upon deeper analysis however, the link is easy to see.  Unions are nothing more than leftist/socialist front organizations.  They are “organizers” aimed at organizing the country into a collectivist Brave New World.  Of course a union would encourage violent uprising under the guise of “justice seeking” if the situation is volatile enough to potentially act as a catalyst for a socialist centralization of government power.

Baltimore is significant in a way that the other podunk localities were not.  Geographically, the city is naught but 40 miles northeast of the Capitol.  Our government is already in near terminal decline, poisoned by sympathizers, cronies, and power hungry tools.  It has been sold to the highest bidders by the ruling class.  It is headed by a president committed to a “fundamental transformation” of the nation he has been tasked with governing.  The neo-Marxists realize that they have a fellow traveler in Obama and that they would likely face little resistance in a takeover.  Should the subverters’ dreams come true, another police brutality event will likely take place nearer to or within the Capitol.  The “protesters” from Baltimore will join forces with another People’s Army raised in DC to create a situation that quickly spirals out of control.  Then comes the imposition of martial law.  Then comes the topplings, and a provisional government not too long after.  Even should their grand aspirations fail, the subverters will still have succeeded in bringing the entire country a step closer to collapse by feeding the spirit of cultural pessimism and mistrust.

Baltimore must be watched closely, as there is reason to suspect that something larger is at play here.  We live in an interesting and dangerous time, and for better or for worse it will be interesting to see how things play out.