‘Let’s set the record straight: Hetfield’s lyrics are rock poetry rivalling Dylan and The Doors and more philosophically significant than The Beatles and U2.’ Irwin, W (2007) Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course In Brain Surgery, Oxford: Blackwell p1 It is a hard thing to quantify how great art compares with other great art. Maybe it is even a fool’s errand. Almost like the comparison of dissecting comedy, and a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. Sometimes great music should just be appreciated for the feelings of joy it gives the listener. But I would argue that there are sometimes cases when enjoyment can be gathered from the analysis of an artist from a social, cultural and philosophical perspective. In this …show more content…
‘Master of Puppets’ for example deals with the themes of control and drug abuse. Although the 1980s and Ronald Regan’s presidency was not the inception of the ‘War on Drugs’, (Richard Nixon came up with the policy in the 1970s) it was during this time that there was an escalation of its enforcement. ‘The average annual amount of funding for (drug) eradication and interdiction programs increased from an annual average of $437 million during Carter’s presidency to $1.4 billion during Reagan’s first term’ (Stanford University, n.d). The ‘just say no’ campaign was launched by Nancy Regan and while it did attempt to target ‘at risk’ youths from taking dangerous and illegal drugs it was simple and reductive. Boiling down the illegal drug issue to a binary choice of yes or no did not take into account the struggle that many users had with personal inner demons of addiction and …show more content…
‘Public concern about drug use, although it had been building throughout the 1980s, fairly exploded late in 1985 and early in 1986 (Goode, 1994). One question to ask though was if the concern was warranted or focused on the most harmful drugs. In 1986 a Gallup poll was taken which asked which drug was the most dangerous for American society, ‘At 42%, "crack" and "other forms of cocaine" beat "alcohol abuse" by eight percentage points -- even though there are far more alcoholics than crack addicts.’ (Robison, 2002). It’s interesting to note that Hetfield himself was not a cocaine or heroin abuser. ‘I’d be writing about the stuff I’d never tried’ (Engelen, 2007, p. 30). Instead Metallica had acquired the nickname of ‘Alcoholica’ because their alcohol consumption was so well-known. In fact Hetfield’s band mates Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammet both used cocaine. So although his vice was alcohol he was more interested in drugs that weren’t affecting him personally. It could be argued that this could be construed as moral grandstanding. Instead of rationally looking at his own legal drug abuse he chose to look at other drugs in ‘Master of Puppets’. It might also be argued that Regan in his war on drugs was doing something similar. Levels of drug use actually fell in the United States throughout the
In 1991, a band that uses fragments of samples from other bands and sounds, was sued by a famous rock band called U2. U2 claims that Negativland copied u2’s “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for instead of sampling it. Negativland and their record label, SST records, were found guilty. I overturn the lower court’s decision. I believe the lower court’s ruling should be overturned because I do not believe that Negativland Violated the copyright law by sampling from U2.
These drugs, especially if they were “crazily accessible”(51) should have been taken away by the government. It is indeed impossible to take away all the drugs in a community, but it was impossible for the government to have no knowledge of the issue, thus they should have worked harder to prohibit or lessen drug usage. Plus, it was so addictive that “A pregnant mother sold her body to get another hit”(51). This drives home the point that drugs are detrimental to one’s mentality and health. A mother, responsible for another life on top of hers, is willing to sell her body for drugs.
Gabriel Sayegh starts his Ted talk by claiming that 20 years ago he was a meth user and abuser. He used methamphetamine as a high schooler, struggled to stayed in school, got into many fights, and barely graduated high school. He ended up abusing meth because he was feeling emotional pain and eventually his tolerance went up from using higher doses. Eventually, he realized that his life has no value to it and that he was no longer getting high off meth since his tolerance was so high. He decided to stop doing meth and go to community college far away, which helped him get away from the drug induced environment he was in.
Chapter two introduces the policy problems related to the War on Drugs, as well as other policies that banned or limited other use of alcohol and drugs. Authors start with the history of the regulations of mood altering substances that began in colonial times, and then it escalated with “The Father of Modern Drug Enforcement”, Dr. Hamilton Wright. President Roosevelt assigned him to be the first Opium Drug Commissioner of the United States. Dr. Wright saw drugs as a big problem, according to the text the drug prohibitions started with his opinions on limiting drug use. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was signed and required the labeling of the ingredients of the products.
Response Four In his article, Drugs, Gore Vidal argues that there is a solution to the drug epidemic in America: simply make all drugs legal and sell them at cost. Gore has a particularly compelling argument, and much of that has to due with the rhetorical strategies and techniques he uses. Gore starts his argument off by saying that marijuana is neither addictive or dangerous, and definitely not as dangerous cocaine and heroin. While this article was written in 1970, many Americans feel this way in 2016— that marijuana is not as dangerous as other drugs. Gore, in a way, is aware of his audience, and accommodates them.
People are using drugs either because they are depressed, in pain, or have a struggle they don’t want to face. Because these drugs are so addictive, people need money and resources to break the habit. This epidemic is a major social problem. Trump talks about how he wants to bring back Nancy Reagan’s idea about the “Just say no”program.
We have been fighting drug abuse for almost a century. The war on drugs is a growing problem in America everyday. This war is becoming an unfortunate loss. Our courts, hospitals, and prisons are continuously being filled with drug abusers. Violent crime the ravages our neighborhood is a result of the drug trade.
As director of the National Drug Control Policy, William J. Bennett shares his stance on the drug war in “Drug Policy and the Intellectuals”. He addresses the arguments that American’s have proposed in regard to the legalization of drugs. Bennett goes on to say that the justification behind legalizing drugs lacks the seriousness that a topic like this should have. In addition, the results would likely be disastrous. Rather than “taking the profit out of the drug business”, Bennett’ alternative is to make the usage of drugs a less appealing option.
In his article, “Toward a Policy on Drugs,” Elliot Currie discusses “the magnitude and severity of our drug crisis” (para. 21), and how “no other country has anything resembling the American drug problem” (para. 21). The best way to describe America’s drug problem is that it is a hole continuously digs itself deeper. America’s drug issues were likely comparable to other country’s at one point in time, but today it can be blamed on the “street cultures” (para. 21) that continue to use and spread the use of illegal drugs. These street cultures transcend the common stereotype of drug users, such as low income communities in cities or welfare recipients, and can be found in every economic class and location. They are groups of people who have
She took as much as twenty grammes a day” (Huxley 143). The truth is that not everybody is happy, but in order to control the masses and escape this hard truth, drugs are distributed and consumed. The fact that drugs are a distraction is not a secret, so instead of solving the issues at hand it is much easier to provide distractions so people will not come to a realization and revolt or cave under the
Therefore conflict theory defines substance abuse as primarily being a problem that is a result of structural inequality and class conflict. Corporations such as the LCBO and various pharmacies financially benefit the most from drug use and also obtain the power to keep it available. In response to political, social, and power inequality, political and business groups are able to influence society’s depiction of drugs and their users. Many substances were considered legal but public opinion and the law altered when drugs were associated with ethnic minorities and crime. Conflict theorists argue that marginalized groups, the lower class, and other alienated groups are more likely to suffer negative ramifications as a result of addiction.
Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: A Deadly Creative Culture? The use of various types of drugs, running the gamut from softer substances like marijuana to proverbial hard drugs like heroin and cocaine, is deeply tied to the history and culture of the rock n’ roll genre. Indeed, drug use and rock n’ roll music are intertwined in a manner that is almost mythical. From the legendary alcohol usage of the enduring Rolling Stones to the tragic and drug-related deaths of members of the 27 Club such as Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, it very much appears that drugs have represented both destructive and creative forces within the context of rock n’ roll.
Would the decriminalisation and / Legalisation of controlled substances improve or hinder the economic, health and social circumstances of drugs users, their families, communities and society? This essay will briefly outline the current policies on drugs in Ireland and will examine the policies and substance misuse from a European and international perspective; then it will discuss how decriminalisation of drugs and substances can improve or hinder the economic, health and social circumstances of drug users, their families, communities and society in general. Examples of controlled substances in Ireland include cocaine, heroin, methadone, cannabis (full list of controlled substances found in the schedule Misuse of Drugs Act 1977).
Some may not be too familiar with the war on drugs and the effects it has had on the society we live in. The war on drugs was started by the Nixon administration in the early seventies. Nixon deemed drug abuse “public enemy number one”. This was the commencement of the war on drugs, this war has lasted to this day and has been a failure. On average 26 million people use opioids.