Review Of Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail By Thompson

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Thompson’s exuberant drug use is another factor that marks the gonzo journalist as a liberal-minded person. Thompson didn’t only take an excessive amount of drugs to document his findings in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but he also was an avid user of drugs and alcohol in everyday life. He never openly promoted drug use but when asked about drug use he said, “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” It is safe to assume that most conservative thinkers do not condone drug use like Thompson did. Thompson held a perceptive open-mindedness for life’s pleasures, one that most conservative thinkers do not posses. As a brief supporter of the LSD subculture and countermovement, Thompson’s …show more content…

Thompson believed that drugs were not for everybody; compare the difference Hunter Thompson made while taking drugs during the sixties and seventies to the holistic change that the LSD counterculture made, and observers can conclude that Thompson’s assessment is correct. It takes a liberal-minded person to open up to the idea of taking drugs and trying new experiences; Thompson had the open-mindedness that was necessary and the initiative to still make a difference. In Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Thompson once again critiques the LSD Subculture, “The importance of liking yourself is a notion that fell heavily out of favor during the Coptic, anti-ego frenzy of the acid era – but nobody guessed back then that the experiment might churn up this kind of hangover; a whole subculture of frightened illiterates with no faith in anything.” By now it is safe to say that Thompson is definitely an avid liberal but condemns any group, regardless of political ideology, that lacks the purpose or the drive to make a difference. Thompson was a righteous liberal activist that promoted making change where it needed to

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