Plus Three | August 14, 2020

In this episode, we explore the implications of MAPS’ main political strategy: demonstrating affinity for and utility to the police, the military, the far right, and individuals who have repeatedly upheld violent white supremacism.

Unpacking a recent article by David Nickles, we examine the “ends justifies the means” logic that has become pervasive in psychedelic research.

As uprisings against the police rage on from Portland to Chicago, we—as as part of a drug-using, criminalized subculture—must acknowledge and challenge the white supremacist and classist institutions of policing, in all forms.

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Co-hosts: Brian Normand, Neşe Devenot, David Nickles, Brian Pace. Editor: Matt Payne.


Episode links

We Need to Talk About MAPS Supporting The Police, The Military, and Violent White Supremacism by David Nickles

Considerations for MAPS, a thread

Statement of Solidarity: MAPS Stands Against Systemic Racism and for Justice and Healing

Harvard’s headache cure: LSD? (via Dose Nation – read the Halperngate comments)

Halperngate by Jon Hanna

The Bad Shaman Meets the Wayward Doc by Erik Davis

The Future of Psychedelic Discourse by Erik Davis

Halperngate Video: Mark McCloud confronts John Halpern and Rick Doblin at the LSD Symposium in Basel, Switzerland. January 2006

Halperngate Extended

AXIOS on HBO: Palantir CEO Alex Karp on work for ICE

Drug Positive  #20: Lucy in the Sky with Nazis with Brian Pace

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