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

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cutty Sark, 'Opium Trader'.

Cutty Sark, Opium Trader.

Tea is just an expression that hides the truth of the matter.

This vessel had anti-terrorism weapons (anti-piracy). It could outrun anyone at twenty knots. It (and some 75-80 sister ships) was an instrument of geopolitics that colonised the minds and commerce of nation states.

Tea was a publicly palatable back-load. The real prize was China's silver and an open market.

(14) The link between opium, Chinese criminals, and secret societies, whose traditional role of political resistance made them perennially outlawed and feared by the central government, only strengthened the official revulsion toward foreigners and their "moral poison."

China: The Historical Setting of Asia's Profitable Plague

BTW: 20% of the clipper opium fleet was William Jardines' whose name remains familiar in mercantile/banking circles today.

Blair Anderson

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