My Old (and Peaceful) Kentucky Home

By Bill Kauffman

You know those friendly Facebook arguments that are always breaking out over which state sends to Congress the most peace-loving delegation? (Or is it the chonkiest cats?)

Well, my face isn’t in Mr. Zuckerberg’s book, so I’ll have to chip in my two cents right here.

The New England states took the palm in the 19th century, their people and their representatives supplying much of the opposition to the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Spanish-American War. In the bloody 20th century, populism-drenched North Dakota was magnificent in its isolation. The upper Mountain West sent to Washington such stalwart foes of military madness as William Borah (Idaho) and Burton K. Wheeler and Jeannette Rankin (Montana), though Wyoming drags down the regional grade for saddling us with Dick Cheney. Socialists of the City of New York, many of them Jewish, were the pith of the opposition to U.S. involvement in the First World War, while Chicago was headquarters of the antiwar America First Committee in the run-up to WWII.

The South is the only region of the country that has been consistently hawkish, from the foreign wars of the 19th century through the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam, and on to today’s endless entanglements in the Middle East.

Yet in Dixie’s northern tip doves coo, and the lamb lies down with the lion.

Over the last three score years, one state, if judged by the men it has sent to the Imperial City, has established itself as the Peacenik Capital of America: Kentucky. And the Republican Party has been its vessel.

No, I’m not talking about Mitch McConnell—who ever wants to talk about Mitch McConnell?—but it is a curious fact that Kentucky Republicans have constituted the dominant peace strain in the GOP since the mid-1960s.

In the Vietnam years, as today, a small but not insignificant minority of Republican members of Congress stood for peace. Representative Eugene Siler, a Baptist lay preacher and attorney from Williamsburg, Kentucky, cast the only vote in the U.S. House of Representatives against the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the blank check handed to Lyndon B. Johnson to prosecute the Vietnam war. (Siler was absent that day but “paired against” the measure.)

In June 1964, Representative Siler, tongue in cheek but heart in the right place, announced his presidential candidacy on the floor of the House. “I am running with the understanding that I will resign after 24 hours in the White House,” he said. “What I propose to do in my one day as President is to call home our 15,000 troops in South Vietnam and cancel our part in that ill-fated, unnecessary, and un-American campaign in Southeast Asia.” Ignoring Siler, the Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, who suggested that atomic bombs might be dropped on North Vietnam.

Senator Mark Hatfield (R-OR), who called himself a “[Robert] Taft Republican” and flirted with libertarianism in the late ’60s, urged the GOP to become the “peace party” in 1968. Bookies would have given him long odds, but this was …read more

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Think the Supplements Are Bad for You? The Regulators Are Worse

By Oliver Bateman

Want to be a sports supplement mogul, peddling protein powder, pre-workout drinks, muscle-building SARMs, and euphoria-inducing herbals like kratom? Launching a sports supplement operation is surprisingly easy, especially if you’re a well-known bodybuilder or athlete. Google some domestic manufacturers, tell them you’ve got a $100,000 line of credit, and ask them to encapsulate or bottle some of their prepared blends. Or, if you’re looking to save some money in exchange for additional risk, hunt down some foreign distributors, buy the powders directly, and encapsulate them using your own machine. Sell them to gym bros or anti-vaccination moms looking for “natural cures,” and watch the revenue roll in like the tide. Sounds easy, right? It would be, save for the fact that the fate of your business rests in the hands of government regulators whose behaviors can be both arbitrary and capricious.

Consider, for example, Kelly Dunn. This well-built old outdoorsman and natural-foods enthusiast hasn’t quite cornered the market on kratom, a crushed extract made from the leaves of the mitragyna speciosa plant that many users claim can replicate the effects of prescription opiates and induce feelings of euphoria, but he’s close. His company, Urban Ice Organics, has several consecutive years of achieving millions in revenue mostly by selling pure kratom extracts, not the sort of adulterated mixes laced with other psychotropic drugs found in convenient two-packs at truck stops around the US. He’s made enough money to subsidize the production of the 2018 pro-kratom documentary A Leaf of Faith, the latest effort from Bigger, Stronger, Faster* director, recovering opiate addict, and kratom true believer Chris Bell.

Dunn’s company, in the interest of full disclosure, has sent me loads of kratom to try, in order that I too might become a true believer. I followed the recommended directions, but derived no discernible benefits from the substance, perhaps because I’m not already addicted to opiates or beset with chronic pain. Dunn’s inability to sell me on kratom, however, is irrelevant. The part that matters for Dunn and his hundred or so employees is that this profitable business’s foundation rests on an herbal supplement constantly facing the prospect of increased federal regulation.

This is bad news for Dunn, since there aren’t many unique ways to pivot with one’s kratom-driven brand if the underlying ingredient is pulled from the market. But what makes such news worse is that, setting aside issues of kratom’s efficacy, federal regulation efforts have arisen out of dubious, incoherent, or simply unavailable research.

Anthony Roberts, a nutrition industry researcher, has spent several years using Freedom of Information Act requests to discern the motivations of the federal government after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced in 2016 that it intended to list kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance. “Agencies like the DEA and Food and Drug Administration are incentivized to ignore legislative intent when interpreting new legislative acts, and substitute interpretations that benefit the agency itself,” he tells me. “By that, I mean acting in broad, …read more

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