Interview with Slovakian intellectual Martin Poliacik on the drug war and Ukraine

In late 2021, my latest book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, was released in a Slovakian edition with an introduction by the Slovak philosopher and former politician Martin Poliacik who’s been a leading advocate for drug reform. Since its release, the book has received very positive coverage and reviews in Slovakia.

In this conversation, Martin and I discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Israel exporting its occupation, disaster capitalism, Nazis and the far-right in Slovakia, the war on drugs, legalising and regulating all drugs and what dissent means (and its costs) in the 21st century. The interview was recorded on 24 June 2022.

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