Legal Regulation of Drugs

Carl Hart speaks with Kim about America’s punitive drug laws, and how we might change them for the better. He argues that we should legalize and regulate the sale of all drugs, in the same way we regulate the sale of alcohol, to improve the health, equity, and liberty of our society.

Dr. Hart is a professor of behavioral neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. You can learn how his scientific research in Neuropsychopharmacology relates to the politics of human experience in his new book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear (Penguin Random House 2021).

Image: Creative Commons

Music used for promotional material: ‘A Better Tomorrow’ by astrofreq

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Kim talks with Gina about Jacques Rancière’s concept of dissensus.

Gina refers to several major works of philosophy including:
Jacques Rancière’s Dissensus
Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgement
Jacques Derrida’s The Truth In Painting
Plato’s Republic
She also takes a small dig at Althusser, in the spirit of Rancière

Gina is a PhD candidate at NYU and an amazing teacher. She studies medieval literature and critical theory. She loves Theodor Adorno and really really hates the dialectic.

This week’s image is an illuminated miniature from a 15th C manuscript held by the British Museum, depicting the “Debate for the Soul.”

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