Join D.C. Psychedelic Society, Catharsis on the Mall, and special guest David Nickles for a discussion about the current state of affairs of psychedelia.
The talk is part of Catharsis on the Mall's workshop series, and will happen on the National Mall, on the Catharsis Stage at Center Camp.
This workshop, and Catharsis on the Mall, are completely FREE
"In recent years, emphasis on 'mainstreaming' psychedelics via the path of medical legalization (medicalization) has gained increasing popularity and focus within the broader 'psychedelic community,' without much critical analysis of what this process actually entails. Psychedelic institutions seem evermore focused on playing the game of 'respectability politics,' where marginalized communities and subcultures attempt to show that their values are continuous with those of dominant culture; even as many of us suffer the realities of prohibition, late capitalism, and industrial civilization on a daily basis.
As corporate players such as COMPASS Pathways, ATAI Life Sciences, and Eleusis Benefit Corp work to gain competitive advantages in the 'virgin market' of psychedelic medicine, longstanding psychedelic researchers and organizations, such as MAPS, seem more interested in assisting these new corporate players and proclaiming that “this is inevitable” than questioning whether or not the rampant commodification and cutthroat business practices of Big Pharma have any place on the psychedelic terrain. We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history; facing unprecedented existential threats to human civilization and fundamental questions about the role of psychedelics in the world at large. With investors like Peter Thiel and donors like Rebekah Mercer become increasingly normalized within psychedelic organizations, we must all ask ourselves where we draw the line and how we can actually turn psychedelic insights into real-world actions."
Dr. Thomas Stanley: Loud and Louder
We also invite you to join us and radio host, author, and artist-strategist Bushmeat aka Thomas Stanley who will discuss cannabis and the AfroDiasporic community, advanced musical culture, and the role of the Blackadelic aesthetic in the struggle for Black Power and survivable AfroFutures. The format is a teach-in, hosted by one of D.C.’s veteran cultural rebels.
The talk will be held on Saturday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Hearts Collective stage