at what costs? propaganda



"those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. Our minds are molded, our tastes are formed, largely by men we have never heard of."

Edward L.Bernays
in "Propaganda" 1928


Prohibitionist Propagandas

1910 On Opium
"one of the most unfortunate phases of smoking opium in this country is the large number of women who have become involved and were living as common law wives or cohabitating with Chinese in the Chinatowns of our various cities."

Dr. Hamilton Wright
America's first drug czar appointed
by Roosevelt and instigator
of US anti-narcotics laws,
said before Congress


1909 On Cocaine
"It has been authoritatively stated that cocaine is often the direct incentive to the crime of rape by the Negroes of the South and other sections of the country."

Dr. Hamilton Wright
throws another warning on cocaine to the Congress
in the Report on International Opium Commission


1937 On Marijuana
"I wish I could show you what a small marijuana cigarette can do to one of our degenerate Spanish speaking residents. That's why our problem is so great; the greatest percentage of our population is composed of Spanish speaking Persons, most of whom are low mentality because of social and racial conditions."

Harry Anslinger,
in testifying in support of the
Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, presented
a letter from a Colorado Newspaper editor


1014 On Alcohol
"Liquor will actually make a brute out of a Negro, causing him to commit unnatural crimes. The effect is the same on the white man, though the white man being further evolved it takes a longer time to reduce him to the same level."

Congressman Richmond P. Hobson
in defense of his resolution for
an alcohol prohibition amendment
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1909 On Coffee
"The sufferer is tremulous, and loses his self-command; he is subject to fits of agitation and depression; he loses his color and has a haggard appearance. The appetite falls off, and symptom of gastric catarrh may be manifested. The heart also suffers; it palpitates, or it intermits. As with other such agents, a renewed dose of the poison gives temporary relief, but at the cost of future misery."

Dr. Walter Dixon,
pharmacology professor
at Kings College in London,
in his statement circulated
to garner support for the prohibition of coffee


1924 On Tobacco
"The juvenile female flower of the nation, the 'Emancipata femans vulgaris' (Lewin's term for the feminists of his day) who should bear fruit in time to come... frequently fails to do so because the foolish consumption of cigarettes has impregnated the sexual organs with smoke and nicotine and keeps them in a state of irritation and inflammation."

Louis Lewin,
emminent German authority
on pharmacology and toxicology and author of Phantastica,
wrote in one of his anti-tobacco publications


Read more about pohibitionist propaganda in Themes in Chemical Prohibition

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