Let 's cut through the dread the moral authorities and sensibilities of timid readers which reacted against this book on its publication.
hat very dread ( hatred is of dread) is more the point than the object of terror: When he look in terms of kicking he ’ s hooked.There are degrees of addiction, and he physical part has nothing to do withit.
] You ’ ve got to keep up off your ass and stop believing their propaganda, Tom. It ’ s so much when the junkies themselves believe it.
It includes the police withsomething to do, and as junkies and potheads are relatively easy to apprehendbecause they have to take so many chances to get hold of their drugs, a heroicpolice can make spectacular arrests, lawyers can do a brisk business, judgescan make speeches, the big pedlars can make a fortune, the tabloids can sellmillions of copies.
That is the only safe method of controlling the use of drugs.At the moment we are encouraging ignorance, legislating to keep crime inexistence, and preparing the way for one of he most heinous usurpations of power of all times.
The critics who call upon thelost and beat generations to come home, who use thedead to club the living, write prettily about anguishbecause to them it is n historical phenomenon andnot a pain in the arse.
But it is pain in the arse and wewonder at the impertinence of governments which bymy own experience and that of my ather and hisfather before him have consistently done everything intheir power to make individuals treat the world situationlightly, that they should frown on the oppressio of myimagination—which is a sensitive responsiveinstrument—and set their damn police on me who hasnot stirred from this room for 15 years except to copshit.Humanity is homo ludens, man at play, and his soul is stifled by “ the great mechanical monolith imposed by mass mind ”.
Only that, says Trocchi, abstraction or intellect have negative valorisation, and conversely, “ The steel of logic has daily to be strengthened to contain the volcanic element within. ” This is a seful book for the burgeoning industry of addiction bureaucrats to pick over, analysers to analyse, existential psychotherapists to refer to gravely and so on.