Caseworker Alice Pitney

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Heroic Venezuela

We can learn a lot from our friends in Venezuela:

The Venezuelan government is placing a higher tax on alcohol and cigarettes in an effort to cut consumption and prevent what it views as the social, economic and moral consequences of drinking and smoking, said Jose Vielma Mora, superintendent of Seniat, the government body that oversees the collection of taxes.

I'd add a few things to that list, but at least it's a start. It's true, of course, as they say, that "[alcohol] causes much harm, not only to individuals, but to the collective health of the nation." The same could be said of hamburgers, salami, loud music, and skateboarding. When Venezuela has the courage to admit this, and acts accordingly by saving people from their worst impulses with a complete ban on unhealthy behavior, it will truly be a great nation worthy of emulating. I only wish Americans had that kind of courage. I am doing my best to give it to them! It's only a matter of time.

Keep improving!!!!!!


  • At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are you out of your mind?
    This country and many others of a Democratic streak are rather fond of their capacity to make choices for themselves... it's sort of a major part of freedom and for that matter, adulthood! No organization, individual or government entity should ever have the right to "protect" people from themselves. For you or anyone else to state that they in fact know better than individuals themselves what is good for them is one step away from overt fascism; that step being the enactment of legislation to enforce said view.
    By the way, I’m an alcoholic myself and have been sober for over five years now. The voluntary nature of AA and other fellowships like it is one of the major reasons why it works; it screens out those who attend under penalty or by order and who really don’t have any *personal* interest in making the effort to pull themselves out of the hole they’re in… this personal level of commitment is really the crucial factor. I would also add that in the past several years in the U.S., it’s become common for courts to make AA attendance mandatory for those involved in alcohol related cases. This unfortunately has the effect of pouring vast numbers of resentful, uncommitted and disinterested people into meetings and thereby undermining that essential part of the process of recovery: the personal desire to get out from under it. You cannot enforce “wellness”. You can tell people what you know about it, but you will fail if you try to impose your methods on them.

    Aaron O'Bryan-Herriott


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