[Ibogaine] Politically Correct P.C.

Nick Sandberg nick227 at tiscali.co.uk
Tue Mar 22 12:52:57 EST 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eye of the Bhogi [mailto:freedomroot at gmail.com]
> Sent: 22 March 2005 17:15
> To: ibogaine at mindvox.com
> Subject: Re: [Ibogaine] Politically Correct P.C.
> On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:00:09 -0500, Dana Beal <dana at phantom.com> wrote:
> "What's worse is that he speaks for a broad swath of the
> legalization movement,
> > and generally speaking, they won't deign even t[o] debate it with us."
> I'm still a little confused about the intricacies of this opposition -
> this particular swath of legalization to which you refer, are they
> advocates of making heroin legal on a principle of self-determination
> about what one chooses to do with one's body?  And they distance
> themselves from or suppress debate about Ibogaine's unique chemistry
> because the logic of their argument is somehow undermined by the
> existence of and advocacy for alternative sacred modalities?
> How do Ibogaine's mechanisms threaten their position?  Can you explain
> the political groupings in plainer terms that don't disparagingly
> invoke names and personalities (with their related histories of
> personal animus and leftist wrangling)?
> I also wonder about grouping all who advocate for knowledge of the
> Sacred Tree into one "ibo-camp," especially seeing as there were some
> pretty divergent views expressed at the end of the Forum.
> With watery, aqueous, liquid love (world water day!), Rachel

Hi Rachel,

I don't know how much of a "movement" the legalize heroin thing is. Perhaps
Dana could say more. But, as I see it, Peter has no problem with ibogaine
itself but is upset that ibogaine people use the "language of addiction" so
much. Terms like "addict", "non-addict", "dependent", "treatment",
"therapy", etc upset him as his take is that these are the words of the Evil
Empire - the medical establishment. For sure, many people into ibogaine use
this language.

He doesn't seem to like it that ibogaine offers to maintain this language
AND effectively treat addiction because this threatens his perspective.
That's my take, anyway.

Personally, I like his position, but I do think he could be a little more
open to different ideas. I don't know whether Peter represents a broad base
of activists or is more a one-off. If he does represent a broader base of
people or if there actually is a Legalize Heroin movement developing that
opposes ibogaine in this way then it would be great to have more
communication with them.


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