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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President

Prohibition in Oz

The Three Conspirators : Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst,

Newspaper & printmill baron

Randolph Hearst was, during his lifetime, proprietor of one of the largest and most powerful newspaper empires in the U.S.A.

Through editorial sway over his print-media outlets, Hearst introduced to America and the rest of the world the Mexican slang term Marihuana. Anti-Marihuana proganda in headlines and front-page stories from Hearst Newspapers were used by Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, for his famous Gore File and later as the main body of evidence to support and push through the Marihuana Tax Bill of 1937, the beginning of prohibition as we know it today. By subtly linking the Marihuana menace with racial overtones, Hearst and Anslinger cleverly played on American pre-war xenophobia and isolationism.

This was beginning of the "smoke-screen" which uses the confusion between industrial hemp and "illicit psycho-stimulants" as a lever for eliminating the traditional use of hemp fibre from the Capitalist equation. This is still the problem to this day in gaining research funding for industrial use of the hemp.

Was it coincidence that around the time of this wave of media hysteria, Hearst had tooled up his paper mills to use wood-pulp as the raw material for the large scale manufacture of paper, no doubt a substantial commitment and investment? It was clearly not in Hearst's interest to see the strongest traditional challenger as an alternative raw material for paper, hemp, suddenly become much cheaper. The chemicals, such as deadly chlorine bleaches, essential to the process of turning wood-pulp into acceptable paper (a use for which timber is not particularly well-suited) were developed and supplied by Dupont, who by co-incidence (?) also held the patent on hemp's new artificial rival, Nylon.

The consequences of America going down this road have been felt in rainforests the world over in succeeding decades. Australia, still in a phase of political and cultural insecurity, followed blindly on "the shirt-tails" of this immoral conspiracy by the leading capitalists of the pre-war era. Little, if any, research has been carried out into these issues "down under".