Thursday, April 27, 2006

Stop the madness... Stop the madness NOW!

Via BoingBoing, comes the announcement of the uncovering of a rare and precious historical gem. STOP THE MADNESS is a 1985 anti-drug music video featuring Arnold Schwarzeneggar (confirmed pot smoker), Whitney Houston (a true anti-drug crusader), the Goodyear Blimp (its oh-so-high up in the sky), David Hasselhoff (just a straight-up loser), and yes, even First Lady Nancy Reagan.

The lyrics are priceless, but the video is even better (or worse, depending on how you look at it).
I believe that together you and I can save a life today.

We can stop a killer from reaching into minds and throwing lives away.

Drugs are causing pain and everyone's a loser in this deadly game that's played.

It's insanity. We know that dope is slavery.

And you know we've got to be free ... come on now, we've got to stop the madness.

Stop the madness now
Stop the madness
Stop the madness now.
Ethan Persoff of was able to get his hands on a copy of the video after making a deal with a defunct Midwest TV station. What did he have to trade to get his hands on this sweet tape, you ask? A bottle of vodka.
Only fools will tell you using drugs is really a victimless crime.

There are casualties standing at the graves of children.

Feel the tears they cry.
You can watch the video embedded above, or by clicking here to give some traffic love to Ethan at


Jonathan Perri said...

Wow, I really needed that Tom.

800 pound gorilla said...

When I was preteen I believed that drugs like heroin were almost instantly addictive. I didn't know that heroin was a designer drug and that it was designed for medicinal purposes for self medication in the early twentieth century. Then I thought that the illegal drugs were more dangerous because the sellers wanted to promote addiction. Then I thought that they were just more addictive to teens because of the immature immune system. When I discovered there were no alternative curriculums to DARE, I did some research to write an alternative drug ed curriculum.
When I approached pharmacists about legal drugs that were abused I found no evidence that the drugs were that prone to abuse. When I did the research on effects on younger users I found the exact opposite was true: while teens may be emotionally immature their immune systems were generally stronger than those of adults. It was preteen and younger where the development was lacking. I had to examine the drug abuse in my own family and everything there pointed directly to personal abuse issues and unresolvable moral dilemmas that led to escapist attitudes that led to the deliberate misuse of drugs. I also observed that drug addiction doesn't just happen as quickly as some would have you believe. "Bad drugs" don't lead to addiction; desperate lives do. There is no way to separate personal abuse from drug abuse and there is no way to separate personal abuse from emotional dependency. And - worst of all - emotional dependency is something that is actually encouraged from the highest authorities in this country. The ultimate irony is that those people, while exploiting the dependencies of others for personal gain, are among the most emotionally dependent of people. Drug warriors aren't to be reviled; they are to be pitied for their own despair. But their poison should be countered at each and every opportunity.