Politics

Tripped up [on un-equitable mental health industry practices]

LSD can present the user with a distillation of one’s life and the world so beautiful it would seem it should only be knowable after death. It can also send the user headlong into a Boschian underworld. Apart from committing numerous criminal and civil-rights violations of U.S. law, the CIA violated the Nuremberg Code of human rights by dosing non-consenting Americans with LSD… Tim Leary want free minds and Tim Ferriss wants a free market.

For anyone acquainted with the real history of LSD in the United States, its migration into the boardrooms of Silicon Valley is far from a shock. Initial experimentation with the drug had nothing to do with the eager curiosity of psycho-spiritual seekers to turn on, “reprogram” their brains, and eventually make more money. No, the first generation of acid researchers regarded the recently synthesized chemical as a potential agent of biological warfare… The drug’s dark history has been relatively obscured by its countercultural fame… some fifty-odd years later, Ferriss’s cohort of tech disruptors began their own experimentations with LSD – but not usually in quantities sufficient to transform them into Merry Pranksters. Frequently they “microdosed,” taking a subperceptual 10 micrograms instead of the normal 250. “I had an epic time,” a twenty-five-year-old startup employee said of his microdosing experience “I was making a lot of sales, talking to a lot of people, finding solutions to their technical problems.” The tripping hippie and the venture capitalist are both trying to be better, too: one’s just sifting through time and the other’s sifting through investment proposals… The impact on America? Another rung of inaccessibility separating the commoners from the blissed-out bourgeoisie.

Original Article (The Baffler):
Tripped Up
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