Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Families Commission consults....

The Couch - Government [Peter Dunne's Families Commission] asks some interesting questions:

6 - If you know of any parenting classes (this includes courses, programmes and seminars) please tell us what you recall about the name of the classes and/or the group that runs them.

We are confused by the ruling paradigms, and systemically failing to talk about whats broken in society that disenfranchises parent from child. The enabling of selfwill rather than nanny statist solutions would be a good start. Family (parent/child) empowerment Programmes like GAIN have some credible foundation but are flawed by externalities. Some could reasonably argue that the need for intervention is created by societal externalities - the war on [some] drugs is one such case.

10 - If access to appropriate parenting education has been a problem for you or your family in the past, please describe what the problem was and what could have helped at the time (up to 100 words)

Chronic dysfunctions that create or contribute to family 'breakdown' have become systemic (and acceptable practice). Incarcerating a 'drug offender' is a prevelent response to a percieved problem... but directly and persistently creates familial dysfunction.

11 - Please tell us how you could be better supported as a parent (up to 100 words)?

A rationaly empowered society doesnt need artificial parenting interventions or support. There are, within the ambit of civil society the necessary support structures that contest for resources and deliver efficiently credible and culturally appropriate support. We need to enable and empower these with a health promotion framework. One significant identified impediment (and breach of Ottawa Charter Principles) is our confused and inadequate licit and illicit drug policy.

Blair Anderson, Director,
Educators For Sensible Drug Policy,
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