Timothy Leary VS. Ralph Nader
I am writing this email to you because I think you will get the most
enjoyment out of it. Last year, I remember a very big free-for-all
of conspiracy theorists coming to the aid of one Timothy Leary. It
seems that someone had once again dug up the story about his arrest
back in the late 60s, or 70s, I don't really know. But I am sure you
know what I am talking about. It was rumored that Leary spilled his
guts to the Feds, selling out many of his counterculture brethren, so
that he could get off. Many of you came forward to heap much praise
onto Leary, and to denounce the rumors. No doubt, it would take
something very big to drive a wedge between you and the late Mr.
Leary. Well, here goes...
Voting for Nader was the biggest fad to hit college campuses last
year since Capri pants. Any hippie, environmentalist, anti-big
business, antigovernment, or other counterculture big wig worth their
salt voted for Nader in the 2000 election.
As tens of thousands of wasted voters wasted their vote on Nader,
they helped to pave the way for Bush to sneak into the White House.
But, I am not going to get into that big mess, not know anyway. I am
hear to talk about Ralph Nader. And I am here to talk about Timothy
Leary. And here it is.
Your beloved Tim Leary would never have voted for Nader in a million
Here's my proof..
Recently, I had the good fortune of getting my hands on an old hippie
magazine called "Head Magazine." This fine issue which I have is the
NOV/DEC issue from 1976. Although the magazine was in terrible
shape, I was still able the read the enclosed interview with Timothy
Leary. The interview was conducted by one Allan Earle. Now, I won't
bore you with the many subjects that were discussed in this
interview. They talked about peace, love, LSD, blah blah blah. The
What I want you to see, is the part of the interview that I have
Earle: "You don't foresee the possibility that we'll each other up
before your visions materialize?
Leary: I think the chances are less than one percent that we'll blow
each other up. However, if we don't get things moving, if we don't
migrate into space, you're going to have an anthill, an insect nest-
like place. There's going to be more and more people. There's not
enough energy, or material resources on this planet. And Ralph
Nader, who is the biggest insect or monster of all, is an example of
what our world's going to be like if we don't get our asses out of
Earle: Why Ralph Nader?
Leary: OK, Ralph Nader thinks our cars should be small, weak, drab,
and slow. That's because Ralph Nader is drab, weak, and slow. Ralph
Nader wants to put limits and there can be no limits. It's the
genetic code's message. The message of evolution is expand, exploit,
go faster,go farther, get higher, move out in every direction with
more energy and power. And Ralph Nader would have us busted for
cosmetics and cigarette smoking. I don't want to be too hard on
Ralph Nader, I use him as the prophet or the guru of safety and
security. Risk is the key to evolution, and that's what I am talking
So, tell me. Who do you love? Leary or Nader? Because it is
obvious to me how Leary felt about the man he called a "monster."
And the next time you go ragging on Bush about his pro-oil agenda.
Just remember these handy tips:
When Bush talks about digging for oil in Alaska, remember what Leary
"The message of evolution to expand." "Risk is the key to evolution."
When you get all teary eyed over gas-gluzzing SUVs, remember what
"The message of evolution is to go faster." "There can be no limits."
Oh yes, one last little nugget from you good pal, Tim Leary. Here is
what he thinks of your beloved marijuana..
"I think that marijuana makes you stupid but sensual. I've watched
many of my friends and loved ones become more erotic and dumber--just
going around with a glazed expression on their faces from their last
orgasms to the next--and found them really quite boring. It was a
great tragedy in my life that this happened to me personally. You're
trying to get me to endorse drugs aren't you?"
I just want to say, that I totally disagree with everything that
Timothy Leary stands for. His idiotic idea of trashing this planet,
then flying off into space only proves what a lunatic he was. While
you blindly throw yourself onto any bombs thrown at his lasting
image, I have been reading the facts. And the fact is that Timothy
Leary would probably be a big Bush supporter. And would want us to
bathe ourselves in oil, then drive our huge SUVs through the rain
forrest, killing anything that got in our way. And why? Because
it's evolution! It's genetic! We should slash and burn the earth!
Then as he so stupidly put it, get our asses into space! What a
I realize, that in today's counterculture, we do not have the huge
mega-stars (Like Abbie Hoffman) to help lead us. We only have so
called "leaders" who are here one day, then driving off in a SUV the
next. People today love to wear their beliefs on their sleeves.
People announce that they are against the WTO with great pride and
arrogance. But, ask those same people what WTO stands for, or what
they suggest is a better alternative, and you would see a lot of
glassy eyed stares glaring back at you. We love to hoot and holler,
and throw rocks at Star Bucks windows, but we still accomplish
nothing. We love to kick up a big shit storm and burn stuff to the
ground, but no one is willing to stick around and build something
better in it's place.
They run in, throw a few rocks, yell a few select chants, then we all
go running home to our brightly lit homes, and DVD players, and
SUVs. We all hate big-business, but damn if we don't love to buy buy
The whole point of this email is to serve as a warning and hopefully
a wake up call.
Just because Leary lived during the 60s, and was a well-known figure,
does not mean that you knew all about him, and should obey his every
word. Don't follow the mob. Even if that mob is made up of the
coolest and best dressed people you have every known. Just because
someone or something is big and shiny and looks nice, does not mean
that it is worth your love. Even if everyone on earth tells you that
it is. Leary included.
Hugs and Kisses,
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