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Dear Mr. Carolla: Institutional Racism and the War on Drugs

James L. Kent
I will admit for the record that I am a fan of the Adam Carolla show, I listen to it almost every day. But lately it has become very difficult to listen because of Mr. Carolla’s heated dismissal of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the doubling down on the notion that institutional racism is no longer a factor in the struggle or policing of impoverished inner cities. This trend is exacerbated by booking guests like Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulis, pundits that claim to be rational intellectuals but are clearly flacks working for the Republican establishment and the biggest troll of all the Republican media outlets, Breitbart News.

Listening to the August 8, 2016 episode of the “Adam Carolla Show”, it is clear that Mr. Carolla agrees with Ben Shapiro’s statements that the problems with impoverished black communities are due to “cultural factors” like crime and single motherhood, and that claims of institutional racism are a whiny and finger pointing way of blaming the problems in the black community on someone else. Mr. Shapiro smugly rattles off a list of facts indicating how black communities have decayed since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and seems to imply that in the years since black people won right to vote they all just went crazy, became criminals, and started having as many illegitimate children as possible. Mr. Carolla happily doubles down on his sentiment and argues that if black people could just raise their children as a family instead of as a single parent then all their problems would magically be solved. Indeed, Carolla’s single solution to the problem of impoverished black communities is “family and education,” which he shouts to the heavens as if nobody in the history of the world had come up with this simple platitude. Also, he rudely dismisses anyone who would argue that the problem is more complex than that.

What Mr. Shapiro fails to mention in his statistics of the black community is that in the years after black people won the right to vote, their leaders and their communities were targeted with one of the most devastating and racially based social programs ever, the War on Drugs. We all know the War on Drugs is a misguided and failed public policy, but what is almost never mentioned is that from inception the War on Drugs was intended to criminalize and control black leaders and minority populations. I understand that this sentiment sounds horribly diabolical, and nobody in America wants to own up to this ugly truth, but facts are facts. The War on Drugs and the following decades of aggressive policing in black communities led to the largest mass incarceration of black people in the history of the world. And the architect of this policy was Richard M. Nixon, a white man and the President of the United States. Institutional racism does not get any higher than a sitting President of the United States implementing a policy specifically to keep minorities out of power by making them all criminals and putting them all in jail.

Posted By jamesk at 2016-08-09 14:58:50 permalink | comments


Is james ok? Any word when he will return? Miss that guy!

MANAGING EDITORS NOTE: James' is fine, just very busy! He'll be returning for future shows soon!

Posted By tony64 at 2016-08-07 22:23:13 permalink | comments

DoseNation presents: The Ten

After a year on hiatus returns to podcasting to present The Ten, a run of ten radio episodes exploring the darkest reaches of the psychedelic landscape. Conceived by James Kent, the founder of DoseNation, the goal of The Ten is to address a list of controversial topics that were left out of the original podcast run. "Over the course of 50 episodes we covered a wide range of territory from chemistry to religion to neuroscience and shamanism and elves and aliens," says Kent. "But looking back I realized there is a great deal of unfinished business we wanted to cover that we never got to. The Ten will give us the opportunity to address those issues head on."

James Kent will present The Ten to focus on the darker side of psychedelics rarely covered within the culture. Topics like bummers, bad trips, mental illness, HPPD, self delusion, mind control, brainwashing, psychosis, miracle cures, conspiracy theories, psychedelic mythology, psychedelic revolutions, and the hidden agendas of psychedelic ideology will be scrutinized in DoseNation's unique and unflinching perspective. "People take psychedelics very seriously," says Kent. "Psychoactive drug use generally starts out as fun and experimental but often mutates into a kind of cultural revolution or spiritual crusade. There is a level of self-importance in psychedelic experimentation that rises to Earth-shattering grandeur, and in service of proselytizing about expanded consciousness or psychedelic therapy the pitfalls and dangers of psychedelic use are often downplayed or ignored. We've never addressed these issues on the DoseNation podcast, and in retrospect this seems like a glaring omission."

James Kent is an expert on the neuroscience of hallucination and is the author of Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, widely considered to be the most authoritative text on psychedelic hallucination ever published. He is the former of editor of Psychedelic Illuminations Magazine, former publisher of Trip Magazine, founder of the DoseNation blog, and his writings have appeared in High Times and many other journals and compilations. Over his career he has interviewed dozens of psychedelic luminaries including Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Alexander Shulgin, David Nichols, Dennis McKenna, John Lilly, and many others. James Kent regularly speaks at conferences on the topic of psychedelics and hallucination, and appeared in the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule as the lone voice of skepticism among the promises of psychedelics as a shortcut to spiritual awakening.

Posted By jamesk at 2016-08-02 13:27:21 permalink | comments

Podcast Special - RIP Alexander Shulgin

Hosts Jake Kettle and James Kent talk about the death of Alexander Shulgin, the Shulgin Research Foundation, and James' recent visit to the Shulgin farm.

To support the Shulgin family please visit

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Posted By jamesk at 2014-06-03 12:38:08 permalink | comments
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The Psychedelic Revelation Ep. 1: Pilot

Welcome to the Psychedelic Revelation! Introducing your hosts Brett Greene and Ryan LeCompte, discussing subjects ranging from Psychedelic Mysticism to the Revelations of both the inner and outer minds.
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Posted By Jake at 2014-05-22 08:40:59 permalink | comments
Tags: The Psychedelic Revelation Podcast Brett Greene Ryan LeCompte VET Psymposia

DoseNation Ep. 49 Lily Kay Ross

Hosts Jake Kettle and Brian Normand are joined by Lily Kay Ross from Harvard Divinity School to discus the issues of sexual abuse in the amazon, the victimization of those who are being healed, the position of the Shaman and his roles, and more! For more information on Lily Kay Ross, visit her website at .
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Posted By Jake at 2014-05-14 20:37:14 permalink | comments
Tags: DoseNation Podcast Lily Kay Ross Jake Kettle Brian Normand James Kent Amazon Aya Tourism Shaman Sexual Abuse

DoseNation Ep. 48 - Alexandre Tannous

Ethnomusicologist Alexandre Tannous returns to DoseNation with hosts Jake Kettle and Brian Normand to discuss sound meditation, the magic behind music, electronic dance music, overtones, Corsican and Georgian Chant, and more. Alexandre will also be a Psymposium 2014 speaking about and conducting Sound Meditation.
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Posted By Jake at 2014-04-10 07:52:38 permalink | comments (1)

DoseNation Ep. 47: Dr. Rick Doblin

Hosts Jake Kettle and Brian Normand sit down for a conversation with Rick Doblin Ph.D of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and Ryan LeCompte of Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy (VET).

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Soundscapes & Psychedelics - James W. Jesso

James W. Jesso, author of Decomposing the Shadow, is releasing his new book Soundscapes and Psychedelics. This new book explores the relationship between Psychedelics, Sounds, and the high energy Electronic Dance Music scene that is popular across the globe. To get your copy of Soundscapes and Psychedelics, Pre-Order (if you are in Canada) the book on or you can purchase it on Bicycle Day, April 19th, 2014. Check out the video below for more information!

Posted By Jake at 2014-04-03 09:17:53 permalink | comments
Tags: DoseNation Soundscapes and Psychedelics James W. Jesso Decomposing the Shadow Psychedelics EDM Electronica Electronic Dance Music

What Is LSA?

What is LSA?

LSA (Lysergic Acid Amide) is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in many plants and seeds. It has some similarities in effect to LSD, but is generally considered much less stimulating and can be sedating in larger doses {In many people's opinion it provides the emotional component of an LSD experience without LSD's visual effects---"start low and go slow" is a common piece of advice with LSA, and all psychedelics } .The most common plants in which it is found are Morning Glory (Ipomoea violacea), and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa) seeds. As with many psychoactives, these plants have a history of spiritual and religious use among indigenous tribal peoples, South America in this case, but have entered the Western world first as a somewhat obscure psychoactive. All seeds containing LSA are legal to possess (In Canada at least) and easily obtained by anyone. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, each equivalent to about 1/15 of a "full experience", are said to be the most effective form of LSA delivery.

Little Baby Woodrose
Down on his luck

Crying out the auction
Lots to make a buck

Little Baby Woodrose
Journeys all alone

Never never landing
Never going home

Big brother Ellis Dean
Steals the show

Laughing in the poppies
Row on row

Little Baby Woodrose
Catching in the Rye

Standing on the cliffs
Where the children die

No one ever hears him
After the fall

Little Baby Woodrose
Cries for us all.

Posted By eerr11cc at 2014-03-24 11:53:28 permalink | comments (1)
Tags: LSA LSD DoseNation Trip Botany Plants

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