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Is government to blame for xenophobia?

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Articles

A very serious strain of xenophobia is brewing in our country which left unchecked, WILL end in hundreds if not thousands of deaths.

Recently I attended a meeting in the South of Johannesburg hosted by a Pastor who has been struggling for the last year or so to establish his substance abuse ministry. I was asked to speak at the meeting which was arranged to rally support for his organisation. During the meeting, the loving Pastor suggested that all who had attended the meeting were “spineless cowards” and challenged all to grow some spines and join him in forcefully rooting out the “evil Nigerians” who were prospering, unpunished, from our suffering. Sadly, it’s quite obvious that the good Pastor himself is xenophobic.

When I was asked to speak, I immediately distanced myself from this vigilante mentality and suggested that the law was the only acceptable means to deal with any violation of it. I left the meeting immediately after my speech.

SANAB-South-African-Narcotics-Bureau

S.A.N.A.B. were disbanded in 2004 because they were too effective

The warning I speak of is this; ordinary South Africans (+-15% of our population are problem drug users – UNODC 07,2010) are suffering on an epidemic scale, not because of Nigerians or any other culture, race or religion, but because our own government betrayed the people they serve by disbanding the South African Narcotics Bureau (SANAB) in 2004, and fail to address the continued cries for their reinstatement.

If narcotics and human trafficking is spreading like wildfire it is because WE HAVE NO NATIONAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. While we are blissfully distracted into believing that it is another nation’s fault, it is in fact our own fault. This fact is exacerbated by the shocking reality that very few traffickers and dealers are convicted. There is even a criminal defense attorney on the East Rand that I am aware of who claims a 100% no conviction success rate for all of the dealers/traffickers that he has represented. Needless to say, he’s very rich and very busy.

Our leaders and criminal justice system are failing to protect the lives of our people and have in fact enabled xenophobia, (Hellen Zille excluded) and the torment of innocent foreign nationals who are on the whole, honest and hardworking.

And that responsibility lies with all of us, because we allow it to continue.

Is AA the Best Solution?: Alternatives for Alcoholics

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Articles

Are there other ways besides Alcoholics Anonymous?

Are there other ways of staying sober besides Alcoholics Anonymous?

by Stanton Peele addiction expert, psychologist, raconteur, Huffigton Post

Building on an essay in Wired magazine by Brendan Koerner, New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks lauds to the sky AA and its founder, Bill Wilson. Both Brooks and Koerner point out the worldwide spread of AA (although it is limited mainly to the U.S. and like-minded countries), and the spread of the 12 steps to nearly all areas of behavior change, indeed, to how we approach social problems of all sorts.

Along the way, Brooks makes the good points that there is no scientific way to program behavior change — that it is indefinite and rooted in individual choice. He points out the benefits of the social networks AA provides its members, and the decentralization of the AA movement, so that individual chapters are able to organize as its own members see fit. These are strong organization and psychological pluses.

But, unfortunately for a rational conservative, Brooks misses a few downsides to the AA movement.

1. The view AA conveys of alcohol and alcoholism is associated with abstinence-binge tendencies that already dominate America and other temperance nations. AA’s approach is completely abstinence oriented. In fact, temperance cultures like America, which are already highly suspicious and fearful of alcohol, are characterized by many individuals who restrict their drinking, but then go on benders. Similar Northern European cultures, for example, have several times the death rates due to alcohol of Southern European countries, because the former tend to monumental binges (think Ireland, England, Finland) while in the Southern countries, people drink alcohol causally with meals (think Italy, Spain, Greece, France). All indications are that the latter is much healthier. More particularly, the majority of AA members fall off the wagon. When they do so, they very often return to drinking without restraint.

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