The following is an article entitled “Legion of Advocacy”, which resulted from an interview between myself and @Iconicles, founder of TRAMP- Tea Party Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition
Beginning nine years ago as a meme on the message board 4chan, Anonymous quickly became a syndicate and has grown dramatically in a short time. Most know them for their role in the recent Occupy protests or from LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon), a group of linked computers which they use to launch Denial of Services attacks against their enemies. Though best known for its cyber-warfare, the leaderless coalition grows more multi-faceted with each passing second. Anonijuana makes for a prime example.
When asked about personally consuming marijuana, the smirk from behind the Guy Fawkes mask resonated across the internet, “I do not advocate breaking the law, as the purpose of laws is supposed to be the safety of the public plus the protection of each human’s individual rights. However, the marijuana laws in existence do not meet either of those criteria, and rather do much to cause harm. For this reason, I believe disregarding those laws is justified.” Anonymous thrives on intimidation, and thusly many outsiders overlook how most of their aims are compassionate ones.
Overcoming history proves impossible without organization and motivation. Both forces move slowly, but these conflicts have been brewing for some time. Anonijuana began to advocate marijuana legalization when, “I realized that I had been lied to my entire life regarding every aspect of marijuana, including: its psychoactive effects, the reason for its illegality, its medicinal properties, its context in human history, etc.” And also, “There are many potential benefits to be had from this plant, which we have only deprived ourselves from in the last 100 years or so. The movie The Union: The Business Behind Getting High was particularly influential on my path to advocacy.”
Art drives Anonymous. They borrow their persona from the movie “V for Vendetta” and most of their endeavors focus on entertainment. An activist has many choices of activities, but Anonijuana chose to become part of Anonymous because “I believe in universal camaraderie, justice, and the rights of every person.” People see Anonymous and they perceive a nefarious international hacking organization, but the fact is: All types of people comprise the branches and facets of this leaderless syndicate, and the only sign of membership is participating towards the common goals.
A group that values collective good might not be the place for an individualistic ideology like Objectivism, but Anonijuana had an opinion on that as well, “Proponents of Objectivism, like the U.S., promote the idea of pursuing one’s own happiness, but not when it comes to substance use, unless it is alcohol, nicotine or caffeine. The government oppresses the people in that it limits the way in which one is expected to achieve personal satisfaction. An objective argument is that marijuana harms no one and makes some people happy, and therefore should at least be available as a legal option for one to partake in if he or she would so choose.” Anonijuana’s words prove true. America has turned its back on Objectivism in favor of communities with impersonal goals.
Everyone has become more centered on the common good, and the government has begun to trim away in favor of political correctness. When asked about the idea of rights not specifically listed in The Constitution, Anonijuana replied, “Every human being is characterized by certain qualities that distinguish us from other living creatures, notably the ability to make intellectual considerations and reflections. This unto itself demands respect for the mental processes of all individuals. Every one of the 7 billion people on Earth is able to and required to make choices about how to live their life, and I believe that the decision to use marijuana or not should be decided in the mind of each person. Instead of this being the case, though, the decision is imposed upon the population due to the drug’s illegality. This is an offense to all of humanity, and disallows us from exercising our own discretion without threat of artificial consequences such as arrest or incarceration.” With the billions of dollars spent on marijuana every year, it is no surprise that Anonymous moved into this genre. Whether or not they, and the rest of the marijuana activism community, are successful depends on you.
ORIGINAL POST: http://www.trampandtheonlygame.com/Sunday_Issue_31812.html