Drugging the State

There is little more hypocritical than the average politician’s position on drugs. Most of them are hopeless addicts, themselves. And while actions indicate that a large number of them must be on dope, the majority are simply suffering from a hopeless addiction to the most powerful drug of all: power. The despots pretending to possess the most authority are the worst slaves to their drug, and are absolutely hopeless in their desire to rule others simply for the rush it gives them.

But for the lower-level demi-tyrants, hope may be found with drugs themselves. Reuters is reporting on a new report in the European newspaper Bild that a German scientist is developing an “anti-stupid” pill.

“¦Hans-Hilger Ropers, director at Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, has tested a pill thwarting hyperactivity in certain brain nerve cells, helping stabilize short-term memory and improve attentiveness.

“With mice and fruit flies we were able to eliminate the loss of short-term memory,” Ropers, 62, is quoted saying in the German newspaper, which has dubbed it the “world’s first anti-stupidity pill.”

With well over 21 million government employees in the Unites States and countless more worldwide, it seems the Institute has a limitless and captive customer base. Perhaps libertarians of every stripe could put aside their differences and rally behind elected officials who promise to be administered this drug on a daily basis. After all, if it worked on the leviathan-by-contrast brains of fruit flies and mice, imagine what it could do for the Lilliputian noodle of the average “public servant.”

Artus Register

A self-described "objectivist-leaning libertarian deist," Artus Register became a full fledged libertarian after the 2000 elections. An unapologetic freedom-lover, enemy of the state, trouble maker, and permanent subscriber to the "ain't a dime's worth of difference" ideology, Register enjoys few things more than illustrating the hypocrisy of the so-called "left" and "right." When not bellowing from his cyber soapbox, he enjoys Cuban tobacco, good whiskey, and better debate. He lives with his wife in the American southeast where he works as a privacy consultant. You can contact him, if you must, at minarchist[at]gmail.com.

  1. This is tangent, but…
    Fruit flies have “termed” memory? Don’t they live about 2 weeks? How can they tell short-term from long-term?

  2. The more concerning thing is that you are going to see government school teachers trying to force parents to shove this stuff down their kids throats, and questioning the child’s welfare if a parent doesn’t want to put them on drugs. They already do it with ritalin and aderol, now imagine a drug that both makes a kid shut up AND gives him a better memory.

  3. Do we really want government bureaucats and pols to be any smarter? Imagine the damage a really clever George Bush could do.

  4. Andrew — short term memory is measured in seconds. Long-term memory is, however, permanant recall.

    That is to say; short-term memory is how many things you can recall *at once.* Long-term memory is people’s faces, the bed you slept on as a child, etc.

    Strangely, there are cognitive exercises that one can engage in to improve their short-term memory. Long-term, however, is uneditable as it were.

    Hope that helps; cause it certainly makes me look pedantic! :)

  5. The problem with giving them the pills is you would get power hungry A-holes that REMEMBER what lies they told.