seems to me immanent and decentralized, not transcendent and authoritarian. More like Internet than like a monarchy. Aleister Crowley said “Every man and every woman is a star.” We in the Guns and Dope Party have changed that to “Every man and every woman is a Tsar.” That not only signifies scientific and political freedom, but someting in the neigborhood of Vedic identification of the true self with divinity, or at least the Quaker “inner light.”
David: How has marijuana helped you with your creative writing process?
Bob: I have always had strong tendencies toward compulsive rewriting, polishing, refining etc. and marijuana has intensified that. In fact, these days I seldom stop fine-tuning my prose until editors remind me about deadlines. As Paul Valery said, “A work of art is never completed, only abandonned,” and I regard even my nonfiction as a kind of art.
David: Are you still as optimistic about the future now as you were when you wrote Cosmic Trigger?
Bob: More so, but only because I don’t think politics has as much importance as most people imagine. The real changes occur first in pure science, then in technology, then in social forms; the politicians then run around in front of the parade and pretend they’re leading it, like Al Gore claiming he invented Internet. If you only look at Dubya and Osama, the world looks like a Dark Age madhouse, but look at bio-tech and computer science and space colonies and a much more hopeful scenario dawns. Politics always