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Prohibitionists' Mindsets Overview -- Similarities, Differences, misc Jobs

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 - 1:08 am

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So far I have found 7 distinct Prohibitionist Mindsets.  Below is a chart which provides an overview.

Even though 7 mindsets have been identified, others may come to light.  

Most Prohibitionists have one or more mindsets and only some people cling exclusively to one mindset.

  1. False Prophets of Prohibition — Predicting, prophesying, proselytizing, manipulative terror.
  2. Men (and Women) of Lawlessness — In favor of No Laws.  If they can’t have that, then they prefer: Too Many, Too Complex, and/or Too Strict Laws, the other side of the Coin of Lawlessness.  
  3. The Deceived —  Their logic rests on false assumptions, inaccurate details, handed down historical misreporting, and even outright lies.
  4. Holier-Than-Thou-Congregation — Convinced they’re right and their will is also God’s will.  Convinced they must force their will, their likes, dislikes, and tastes on others through human laws.
  5. High Priests of Assigning Permanent Shame — Making up and enforcing ill-conceived human traditions to spread needless harm, insult, social and financial kick-downs, etc…
  6. Thug Addicts — Both sides of the law; the “hands-on” guys and gals who love their adrenaline rush of physically enforcing prohibition and those who take advantage of the propped up prices which prohibition causes. Fist/knife/gun/tank/rocket is their idol, through their might they think they make right.
  7. In-the-Closet Hypocrites — The guilt-ridden sociopaths who aid and abet Drug War. These are among the people who scream against something the loudest.

There are a few key distinguishing characteristics among the Prohibitionists’ Mindsets.

Each Prohibitionist Mindset contains these fields:

  1. Key Characteristics
  2. Religious Motivations?
  3. Profits from Prohibition?
  4. On Both Sides of the Drug War?
  5. Think it’s Possible to Win the Drug War?
  6. Think it’s Possible to have a “Drug Free” World?
  7. Specific Job Examples (Some in those groups.)

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Prohibitionists' Mindsets Distinctions Table


To recap, each Prohibitionist Mindset is distinct from the others in important ways.  Most Prohibitionists harbor one or more mindsets as gut feelings and in their spaghetti logic.  The mindset of the Prohibitionists you encounter should inform how you speak to them.  But don’t forget, most Prohibs harbor more than one mindset, so as you address a particular concern, expect another to follow it.

Question Authority

Figuring out how to speak to them can be a challenge, so here’s a tip.  Since prohibition is fundamentally and intrinsically flawed, you just need to lead them in the direction of the conclusions of what their suggestions-masquerading-as-reasons are.  The easiest way to do this is to ask questions.  You do not need to be an expert in statistics or have any personal experience with drugs or drug users.  Just begin your comments with, “so what you’re saying is…” then show them the logical conclusion of what they are saying.  Don’t use a tone of voice that “tells” them what they are saying; use the same tone of voice you use when asking a question.

“So what you’re saying is ‘everyone will become an addict?’”
“So what you’re saying is ‘all the people who choose not to do drugs now, will run out and ravenously gulp down drugs?’”
“So what you’re saying is ‘we do not have enough prisons?’”

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This is worth watching or reading the transcript.

What Americans Do and Don't Know About Religion

It opens:

JUDY WOODRUFF: There's no doubt that faith and religion play a large role in American life. But a new survey out today shows that Americans' basic knowledge about their religion and others is somewhat lacking.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life posed 32 questions to more than 3,400 Americans. Some were very basic. Who was Moses? Where was Jesus born? Others required a deeper understanding, such as the name of the figure who inspired the Protestant Reformation. The results were surprising. People got roughly half the answers wrong. Atheists and agnostics scored best. Jews and Mormons scored highly as well.

Hm, writing "The Deceived" seems more pressing than ever. Now is a good time to stop reading and pray for a few moments.

Here is the horse's mouth, U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey.

Here is perspective from the New York Times' website.