TERENCE MCKENNA: “I assume that we’re all peasants, really. When was the last time you spent time with someone who formulates American foreign or social policy? I don’t spend time with those people. We’re rich peasants, of course. Don’t confuse poverty and peasantry. We’re rich peasants, but we’re totally in the dark, and the great ones come and go on their sleighs to and from the castle, and we mark their comings and going, but we have no idea what’s brewing up there. Every once in a while, they stumble, and we get LSD, or the Internet, or something else that slips through the cracks. It’s impossible to control history, and it’s wonderful that so many people are trying, because it makes for such an interesting game.”

(from a Jan 1998 interview with Charles Hayes, printed in Shaman’s Drum, Number 60)

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.