Next we hear Dr. Gabor Maté who, speaking from his decades of experience in dealing with drug addicts, asks some simple but profound questions which expose the lie of the modern 'war on drugs'. If the drugs themselves are addictive, then why do people have such widely differing rates of addiction and recovery? What about the very strong correlation between abuse as a child and intra-veinous drug use as adults? His implied conclusion is that the establishment - in the form of for profit prisons, self serving law encforcement and judiciary and a power hungry executive - are preying on a most vulnerable social group for their own murky purposes, and that we should, to quote Joe Hill, not mourn but organize!
We conclude the show with most of the first half hour of a 2012 lecture by Professor John Cawley entitled "Reefer Madness, Frank the Tank or Pretty Woman: To what extent do addictive behaviors respond to incentives?". Focussing on drug addiction in particular, he examines the evidence for different models of how addiction affects people's choices. How concerned should we be about addictive behaviour? The talk introduces three models of addiction:
Reefer Madness (Insatiable, irrational appetites)
Pretty Woman (Completely rational addiction)
Frank the Tank (More or less sophisticted )
The full talk is available for download from this show's webpage: http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/636