You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos

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Taboos are a burden on society. By protecting irrational views they hinder progress towards greater happiness.
The government and the media use taboos to lie and mislead. It is not a conspiracy, but by pushing panic for votes and viewers they thwart Americans' pursuit of happiness. Taboos are not relics of primitive societies.
FACTS YOU WON'T HEAR ON THE NEWS: * There are gay animals and a gay gene has been discovered in insects. * It is highly likely an American president was gay. * Shielding kids from visual exposure to sex is linked to their later sexual aggression. Porn is not. * Celibacy is linked to health problems. * Prostitution can raise women's self-esteem. * Heterosexuals were never in much risk from AIDS. * Jesus Christ denounced lying not pre-marital sex, contraception, abortion, or drug use. * Adolescents who experiment with drugs are better adjusted than their peers. * Marijuana users are happier overall than non-users. * Wild animals enjoy getting high in nature. * America's gardens contain easily accessible morphine and hallucinogens. * Caffeine is as addictive as cocaine. Nicotine is more addictive than heroin. LSD addiction is impossible. * Legalized heroin would be less harmful than alcohol. * If you tried crack or heroin it is highly unlikely you would ever become addicted. * One of the 20th century's greatest scientific discoveries was drug induced, as was one of the 19th century's greatest paintings. * Brazil, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Russia, and Spain have already decriminalized personal possession for all drugs. * In America, people serve longer prison sentences for drug charges than for rape or manslaughter. * America's global drug war made 9/11 possible.
You Will Die contains over 150 original illustrations and over 2,000 footnotes.

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About the Author:

Robert Arthur is a former inner-city teacher and public defender. His book, You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos, won the 2008 Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking independent book. He defends consensual adult activities at his blog, Narco Polo.

Review:

"Given a decent promotional campaign, this book has what it takes to top The New York Times bestseller list for months .... This book about taboos is itself taboo; no major American publisher would touch it with a ten-foot pole."  --Robert Gover, Perigee: Publication for the Arts, Issue 20, April 15 - July 15 2008.

This is a sensational book, and I mean that in the widest sense of the word "sensational." It's explosive and amazingly informative. You will not be able to read this book without being amazed--amazed at the hypocrisy of human beings, amazed at the history of human hypocrisy and corruption, amazed at the corruption currently extant in this once great nation, and amazed at the lies you have been, and are being told, by just about everybody in any position of power or influence. This is a book that combines the racy readability of the tabloid style with the rigorous research and documentation of a PhD dissertation.
--Amazon.com Review, Dennis Littrell, refers to 2nd edition.

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