After three years of trying, the University of Arizona is only one step away from obtaining permission from the US government to research the effectiveness of marijuana as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military veterans.
“The United States was trying, in the postwar decade [of World War II], to create a national consensus — excluding the radicals, who could not support a foreign policy aimed at suppressing revolution — of conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, around the policies of the cold war and anti-Communism. Such a coalition could best be created by a liberal Democratic President, whose aggressive policy abroad would be supported by conservatives… [I]f the anti-Communist mood became strong enough, liberals could support repressive moves at home which in ordinary times would be seen as violating the tradition of liberal tolerance.”—
Howard Zinn | A People’s History of the United States (1980)
The Cold War Era metastasized, spurred on by the anti-communist policy of containment, a mono-doctrine of foreign policy best described herein by a popularized euphemism of the time — “Partisanship ends at the water’s edge.” But so too did it create a sociopolitical cartel of domestic politics between liberals and conservatives (Democrats and Republicans), a loosely coordinated relationship of narrowed power that lives on today, by enacting within our own boarders gross political repression of all radical elements (COINTELPRO) from the Industrial Workers of the World, to the Socialist Workers Party, to the Black Panther Party of the ’60s and ’70s. When we want to examine how we arrived where we are today, this is one telling place to start.