A Government Plot?
The book explores the idea, long stated but unproven still that the US government supplied the drug to the youth of America with the intent to subvert the revolutionary movements of the time. The argument goes that CIA agents and politicians realized the impact that the consciousness-altering drug would have on the budding counter-cultural protests and movements of the 60s, from free-speech to civil rights to the anti-Vietnam protests, and that they set up channels of distribution to send the drug out widely among the restless youth movements of the decade.
As the 60s ended in political assassinations (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy within months of each other in 1968, for example) and notorious violence like that seen at the Altamont Music festival and crime sprees like the Manson family killings erupted in 1969, the media and the government succeeded in convincing the American public that LSD was a drug that inspired madness and violence. In 1970 the acid menace was banned as a Schedule I drug, and many young people were incarcerated for involvement with what had, only a few years before, seemed a promising new substance for research, medical treatment, or at least personal spiritual growth.