In the past year I have had one nationalist friend and another political acquaintance die because of drugs.
Reflecting on this has led me to want to discuss illicit drug usage in our communities. This is a topic that is often glossed over or merely given lip service.
We can’t afford to take this non-seriously anymore. There is not a Western nation on this planet that being rotted out from the core with drugs. This is a civilization wide crisis that is sinking any ability or even rationale for our people to continue an independent existence.
In the past BANA has promoted the straight edge lifestyle in a video but I think a lot more needs to be said on real world terms of this.
I can talk about this from experience since in my youth I often used recreational drugs. When I was a kid I had first hand experience of what alcoholism and the destructive, tragic consequences that brings. I started using drugs recreationally when I was 16. Where I come from that is a very “late” start. I used substances for a variety of reasons. For the experience, introspection, and a way to pass the time. There were times that I spent more time thinking about getting high then getting ahead in life and achieving my goals.
The thing with drugs is that they take so many things away from you, things you don’t notice in the moment. They take your time away you could of spent with loved ones. They take your money away. They take away your clear mind and ambitions. But most importantly they take away your soul. I thank the gods that through some sense of luck and self worth I never did heroin, meth, or pcp. But I did a lot of other things I am not proud of.
The consumers of drugs usually have little idea who is benefiting from their cash. Drug barons are in the business of making addicts out of their product, I don’t care if it is Baron Malboro or South American cocaine dealers, they all have one thing in common: they don’t give a shit about you, your safety, your family or your future. All they want is for you to keep using.
Nothing about using drugs is about “personal freedom.” Extended drug use and addiction creates virtual slavery, and you really have no one to blame but yourself for getting into it.
Perhaps paradoxically I don’t think drugs should be outlawed. I think it is painfully obvious that if someone is going to use these substances, they will, laws prohibiting it or not. I also believe that some plants also have a legitimate function in religious rituals however if is not used for those purposes I consider it drug abuse.
Back in 2007 when Welf Herfurth came to San Francisco I carefully asked him, without mentioning myself “what do you think about drugs? Should they be allowed in the movement?” His answer was unequivocal: no. Drug users, he said, delegitimize everything they claim to stand for. The only way to be taken seriously is to be drug free and have a clear head on your shoulders. If your head is messed up on drugs it will make everything look bad.
I have not used drugs since that day. And I will tell you, it is one of the best life decisions I have ever made, and that was just from using light stuff. I still enjoy social drinking, within limits. And unlike Welf, I don’t have a cigarette addiction I still need to kick (nudge nudge Welf!). After thinking about what it was that really got me to kick the habit I think that what it comes down to is that anyone that uses drugs has to find their own reason to quit. I’m just glad I did while still fairly young and never got involved in hardcore substances.
Since that time many people have come and gone in the BANA network. We have a simple rule for getting involved in our group, no recreational drug use. I have kicked people out or distanced them from our community, some of whom I had a great friendship with, over smoking pot.
But I want to end this article on a serious note. If you or anyone you know uses crystal meth I would like you to please seek professional medical assistance immediately. If someone you know uses crystal and they cannot or will not seek help, you have to remove them from your life completely. I have seen to many lives destroyed from this substance.
It is time we own up to the challenge of doing everything we can to make our people stronger, our children safer, and our bodies healthier. This is an area where we can win. We can even win this without being in control of governments or States, but by being in control of ourselves.