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This review is from: The War We Never Fought (Hardcover)
The writer, George Walden, says that people who use the words 'right wing' and 'left wing' are antiquated because, in the UK anyway, we've moved from a class system into a caste system. Check out Theodore Dalrymple on You Tube explaining how this happened.
A person from the upper caste, with his barbed wire fence, and his guard dogs, will probably be slightly out of touch with the 'give it to the people' drug debate.
Even though I like Peter Hitchens, he is also up there with the brahmins of public opinion, but this doesn't matter because you will be surprised that Peter supports 'working class' people and he hates party politics with the two 'dead party's' and he is probably as smart as his brother and he is far from the stupid conservative cliché. The reason he sometimes sounds somewhat stupid, you see, is because he gets paid loads of money for doing it. If the Daily Mail paid me, I would do the same.
Peter Hichens actually makes sense concerning the drugs debate. Hitchens says he is arguing for the person from the estates and millionaires are not. He argues that millionaire celebrities are not the people we should listen to because they are selfish and going after their own interest with pseudo social rhetoric.
It is only the selfish well to do who have taken MDMA and psilocybin and haven't been harmed by it (like me), indeed, who have gained some fancy philosophical insights, who want to give it to the masses (me also). Even Carl Sagan wanted to give pot to the masses; alas we are both out of touch then.
Friedrich Nietzsche says somewhere that there is a selfish whim behind every social musing and this is why you can see Russell Brands tonsils shouting at Peter on You Tube. Brand just wants to get high again.
So don't be put off by the mud being flung at Peter Hitchens. He's far from 'right wing' because, like the word, he is just at out of touch as his friends in the Guardian (they are the ones calling him right wing because want drugs legalised, though they never say they want their kids to experiment with drugs) and the celebrity idols (who call him Thatcher and also want legalisation). These clowns are all from the same caste. They have never been in a council estate and they think the opinion of Sir Richard Branson, who recently gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee as part of drugs policy inquiry, matters. Branson lives in a palace, what does he know?
All the poor, but very bright, people I know from the lower caste just tut tut and roll their eyes, or look at you funny, at the suggestion that we should sell heroin and pot in Asda, and they should know. They look at you with a, 'you poor fool' or a 'you're crazy' look because they live in the toughest parts of the country. Yes these people may be at the bottom end of the scale, but they are witty and sharp and insightful, even though they are at the bottom of the caste. They are far from the 'proles' of Orwell' imagining and they don't need spokes people fighting there corner. We should ask them to give evidence at the Home Affairs Committee, and not billionaires.
Anyway this is a worthy book and should be read. You will be surprised and how smart Hitchens is!
You can also read an essay Theodore Dalrymple wrote called 'don't legalise drugs' online. Dalrymple also wrote a book called 'Romancing Opiates' which is well worth a read too.