The following is excerpted from Robert Anton Wilson, _Sex, Drugs, and the Occult_ (current

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The following is excerpted from Robert Anton Wilson, _Sex, Drugs, and the Occult_ (currently published by Falcon Press as _Sex and Drugs: A Journey Beyond Limits_), chapter 1. Copyright 1973, 1987 by Robert Anton Wilson. Typical European Typical American drug bust witch trial circa 1570 circa 1970 The accused are arested in a wood- The accused are arrested in a rural land meeting-place "commune" The accused are alleged to have en- The accused are alleged to have en- gaged in "obscene" or "bestial" gaged in "obscene" or "bestial" orgies orgies or, at least, to be sexually casual The accused are said to seek reli- The accused are said to seek reli- gious visions with drugs, most com- gious visions with drugs, most com- monly belladonna, thorn apple or monly LSD, hashish, peyote or mari- mandrake juana The accused are typically defiant, The accused are typically defiant in the manner of heretics, not in the manner of heretics, not guilty in the manner of ordinary guilty in the manner of ordinary criminals criminals The accused usually come from The accused usually come from either the lower class (peasants, either the lower class (Negros, serfs) or from the young scholars Mexican Americans) or from the young intelligentsia (students) The offense is a "crime without The offense is a "crime without victims" or a "crime by definition" victims" or a "crime by definition" not a real crime against persons or not a real crime against persons or property property But society paradoxically demands But society paradoxically demands harsher penalties than are given harsher penalties than are given for crimes against persons or for crimes against persons or property property General charges of Satanism, anar- General charges of treason, commu- chism, black magic, murder, etc., nism, black magic, "un-American- are often directed against the ism," are often levelled against class of offenders (the "witches") the class of offenders (the "dope fiends") According to a popular school of rationalistic historians of the last century, there never were any "witches" and the Holy Inquisition was just an outbreak of paranoia among the celibate priests of Roman Catholicism. According to Dr. Margaret Murray's revisionist theory, there were "witches" -- worshippers of the pre-Christian horned god of fertility, best known as Pan or Dionysus -- and that compelled them believe that any prosexual religion must be Satanic in inspiration. According to Rev. Montague Sumners and other pro-Catholic revisers of Dr. Murray's revisionism, the witches were =so= Satanists after all and delighted in all manner of murder and atrocity. Perhaps, in the year 2573, some historians will claim that there never were "hippies," while others will claim that hippies existed but didn't really smoke marijuana, and a third group will insist that the hippies, always stoned out of their skulls on belladonna, ran through the streets attacking innocent bystanders.

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