Charles Shaw gives the 4th talk of the opening day of Palenque Norte at Burning Man 2012.

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Charles takes you on a journey through the history of the War on Consciousness and Cognitive Liberty, more commonly known as the “War on Drugs.” Through an examination of the political agenda behind drug prohibition, we will explore the various mechanisms of social control inherent in the prohibition model. Also discussed will be the 40+ year war on psychedelic medicine, the recent sea change in opinion regarding decriminalization, the history of drug trafficking, and the experiences of Portugal as a 10-year world leader in decriminalization.

Charles Shaw is an award-winning journalist and editor, and the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality. His work has appeared in Alternet, Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Reality Sandwich, and Znet. In 2009, he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism. He lives in Sebastopol, California.

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