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9 RULES TO LOSE BY

New pamphlet! “In 2016, Jason Pilley stood in the local elections in his home-town Southend-on-Sea and came sixth of seven candidates. In 2017 he stood for Southend West in the General Election and came last, receiving 0.07% of the total vote-share. In 2018, after forming his own political-party, the Psychedelic Future Party, he again stood in Southend’s council elections and again came last. The lessons learnt over the last few years have been condensed into a handful of diamond axioms: follow these nine Rules and you too can enjoy the fruits of failure.” Download pdf here!

 

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PSYCHEDELIC FUTURE FACES

PSYCHEDELIC adj. mind manifesting; mind opening; consciousness altering. n. a substance capable of inducing transmundane states of awareness.

The CIA were obsessed with LSD throughout the 1950s: as well as enjoying it recreationally they were convinced it could be employed as a brainwashing agent. But the spooks never quite managed to get that to work for them, so eventually they handed Albert Hofmann’s elixir over to the psychologists.

In the early 60s, Harvard professor Timothy Leary advanced a hypothesis the control-freak CIA had naturally missed: Leary proposed that psychedelic plants and chemicals could be used to modify people’s behaviours and beliefs, but only when those people actively wanted to be thus changed; only when they’d approached the psychedelic experience from a position of informed consent, as opposed to the Cold War doping-tactics of the Counter-Intelligence Agency.

Early work with psychedelic substances revolved around this idea, that people could use them to alter the state of their psyche. Better Living Through Chemistry. One area where this view immediately proved itself was in the treatment of addiction: Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, praised LSD as a valuable tool for kicking a destructive booze habit, and subsequent research has consistently shown that psychedelics are effective weapons against addiction to genuinely dangerous narcotic drugs.

Other researchers visited prisons and gave “magic mushrooms” to volunteer prisoners who wished to keep out of jail in the future. As predicted by Leary’s hypothesis, rates of reoffending were slashed for those inmates who’d cleansed their doors of perception.

In his book “The Human Encounter With Death,” psychologist Stanislav Grof describes his experiences in the field of psychedelic therapy through the 60s and 70s, administering LSD and DPT to terminally-ill patients. In most cases the patient’s attitude to impending death was radically altered, invariably for the better. This experiment has been replicated recently at Johns Hopkins University, in one of the occasional psychedelic studies the Inquisition allows to be conducted.

When mind-expanding tryptamines and phenethylamines were legal (i.e. before loads of working-class and middle-class kids began enjoying themselves a bit too much), the beginnings of a whole new scientific discipline were sketched out. It appeared that the energy generated by controlled exposure to biochemically-induced transcendental states could be channelled: lateral-thinking breakthroughs could be hastened, mental-health issues could be treated, the learning process could be accelerated, people’s relationship with religion could be remoulded, recharged… And then it all got criminalised so who knows?

But, in one of those legal experiments that sometimes rarely still occur, a recent study at Imperial College London investigated the use of psilocybin mushrooms as a treatment for depression. It was found that they are effective, because of their ability to “reset” brain circuits. This is what Timothy Leary said decades ago. He spoke of “reimprinting” rather than “resetting” but it’s the same notion: psychedelics can be used to correct the bad grammar in your brain, psychedelics are tools to help you Change Your Mind.

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