Psychedelics as political players…
In a sense, psychedelics are belatedly following the other parts of the 60s counterculture that have been mainstreamed via commercials, fashion, lingo, music, and literature. Yet, for all the Baby Boomer nostalgia industry, a real hardcore part remained outside. And that’s because it preexisted the 60s but found, however brief, a public expression in the Summer of Love.
The psychedelic movement has begun to enter the mainstream. At the same time, it exists outside of it. There’s a civil war going on between factions who are fighting over the direction of the culture. Will it be accessible? Will newly engineered psychedelics dominate the market? Will the counterculture be left behind? Will the politicization of the scene lead to greater historical relevance, or in-fighting and purity tests?
Original Article (Chacruna):
Psychedelics as political players and literary agents with Nicholas Powers
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