The (post) modern electronic ecstatic dance phenomenon is infused with a new ethics that claims to take seriously the movement's mantra "PLUR" (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect). While ravers themselves debate whether the "movement" subverts or supports mainstream cultural values, the U.S. Government has officially declared the happenings as events non grata. Local ordinances as well as federal legislation aim to limit, if not entirely outlaw, rave events, characterizing them as little more than gathering spots for dealers of the drug MDMA (Ecstasy) and other "club drugs" to sell their poison to America's youth. 

Cognitive Liberty is implicated anytime that peaceful people are persecuted by the government for exercising their right to enter ecstatic states of mind, with or without the use of drugs.

See also

Ask Dr. Shulgin
Drug Policy
Drug Law Library
Drug Testing


AB 1941  
A pending California bill that would require special permits to hold a rave.

MDMA (Ecstasy) Law and Policy
Lots of resources regarding MDMA, some of which are directly or indirectly relevant to raves 

Ecstasy Prevention Act of 2001

Federal bill that, among other things, seeks to coerce communities to ban "rave" clubs. 

Rave Promoters Threatened by Federal Bill
Section 416A of HR 3782 targets "raves"

"Whoever knowingly promotes any rave, dance, music, or other entertainment event, that takes place under circumstances where the promoter knows or reasonably ought to know that a controlled substance will be used or distributed in violation of Federal law or the law of the place were the event is held, shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for not more than 9 years, or both.'."

Adventures in the Rave Trade, by Richard Glen Boire

A Report on the "L.A. Rave" conference held by the California Association of Toxicologists on May 5, 2000

Censorship is Latest Drug War Tactic
Government Seeks to Put "Rave" Dance Promoters in Prison

A local music promoter and a concert hall manager who face up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines simply for staging the electronic dance music events known as "raves" said today that the charges against them amount to censorship and have asked a federal court here to dismiss the case.

Current News Stories about Raves

From the media awareness project (mapinc)

Government’s War on Raves Went Too Far, Louisiana Court Rules

"The American Civil Liberties Union scored a when U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous ruled that prosecutors cannot force the organizers of a rave dance party to ban pacifiers or glow sticks."

E: Prescription for Cultural Renaissance, by Douglas Rushkoff

"The music, lighting, and ambience were all fine-tuned to elicit and augment altered states of consciousness. The rhythm of the music was a precise 120 beats-per-minute, the frequency of the fetal heart rate, and the same beat used by South American shaman to bring their tribes into a trance state.  Through dancing together, without prescribed movements or even partners, rave dancers sought to reach group consciousness on a level they had never experienced  before. The object of a rave was to experience a reality that went beyond the self.  Ravers aspired to an awareness of group organism.  Inspired by the holograms and fractals on their computers, they sought to create a dynamic system in which each member could experience the essence of the whole." 

Electronic Music Defense & Education Fund

"Mission: To raise and provide funds for legal assistance to innocent professionals in the electronic dance music business who are targeted by law enforcement in the expanding campaign against "club drugs". In addition to providing funds for legal efforts to protect the industry, EM:DEF will serve as a spokes-agency for the electronic dance music industry -- providing an independent voice on behalf of industry professionals, while allowing professionals to avoid public association which could result in retaliation by law enforcement."

Rave is the Rapture

"Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorb the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the Universe rather than receiving an imprint from the Universe."       

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