The U.S. Surgeon General issued a call to action on Thursday to end what he said was a public health crisis of drug and alcohol addiction that is both underappreciated and undertreated. Dr. Vivek Murthy issued the first-ever Surgeon General's report on substance abuse and said he hopes it will galvanize work on the issue the way a similar report 50 years ago sparked decades of effort to combat smoking.The current epidemic of pain-relieving chemicals is a DIRECT result of globalism and financialism. When you deprive ordinary people of status and usefulness, some of them will self-medicate to remain alive and (semi)functional. Others will turn to crime or jump from bridges. What happens when you remove the chemicals? People wake up to harsh reality. In this case the reality is a multi-decade SABOTAGE of American business and culture by the globalists and bankers. I remember my own awakening. In 1980 I finally finished college and started teaching, which was supposedly my proper career. I used alcohol to keep going. When I stopped drinking I woke up. Hard work and volunteering and rule-following were supposed to yield specified results. The results were not there. No respect, no marriage, not enough money to live decently. At that point I had to choose: (1) resume drinking, (2) jump from a bridge, or (3) quit wasting effort. I chose Door #3, but it was a 'damned close-run thing'. When you remove the narcotic that hides the real problem, you're going to get even more passive rebellion and even more bridge-jumping. We already have 95 million passive rebels, those "discouraged workers" who have decided not to waste effort for zero results. At some point those passive rebels will turn active.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.