Bill Hicks: Where Have All The Balls Gone?

Posted: May 3rd, 2009 | Filed under: drugs, hallucinogens, legalization, LSD, media bias | 6 Comments »

Bill Hicks & Drugs

Few celebrities are willing to take on the drug war. To do so would risk alienating fans, and more importantly, sponsors. Two decades ago there was a man who had the balls. His name was Bill Hicks.

Hicks not only related his positive experiences with drugs beyond marijuana, but he also assailed prohibitionist myths with gusto:

If I were going to legalize a drug it sure wouldn’t have been alcohol. Sorry. There’s better drugs and better drugs for you. That’s a fact. You may stop your internal dialogue. “But Bill alcohol is an acceptable …” Shut the fuck up. You’re wrong. Kay? Kay?

He addressed the hypocrisy of the government’s anti-drug ads that ran beside alcohol ads. He addressed the bias of the media that only covered drug scare stories and only featured users who were morons:

You never see positive drug stories on the news do you? Isn’t that weird. Since most of the experiences I’ve had were real fucking positive … How about a positive LSD story. Wouldn’t that be newsworthy? Just once to base your decision on information rather than scare tactics, and superstitions and lies. Just once. I think it would be newsworthy.

Despite his own problems with alcohol, Hicks fiercely defended the right of adults to use whatever substance they wanted. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. The cancer was not related to his drug use but the truth has never bothered those whom Hicks railed against:

Oh, yeh, Bill Hicks, hes the moron who used massive amounts of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs until his body broke down and rewarded him with cancer for his lack of self-respect and he died young. In other words, a typical hippie Democrap. I wonder if he was a Community Organizer, too?

To read the words of another comic who took on the drug war go to “Chris Rock on Drugs.”


  1. Bill Hicks, Live (2004).
  2. Last quote from “CharlessMartel” on YouTube messageboard. LINK

6 Comments on “Bill Hicks: Where Have All The Balls Gone?”

  1. 1 Bonnie said at 2:55 pm on October 1st, 2009:

    You never see positive drug stories on the news do you?

    That’s right – wanna be healthy – get away from drugs!

  2. 2 s said at 12:49 pm on November 27th, 2009:

    shut up bonnie

  3. 3 John Woods said at 6:53 am on December 7th, 2009:

    Bonny says – “wanna be healthy – get away from drugs”…
    well, Bonny… I can’t be agree with you. Many people live only with drugs, for example – Diabetes,
    blood Diseases…

  4. 4 M said at 8:29 pm on June 17th, 2010:

    RIP Bill. I would love to hear his hilarious commentary on the things going down today. His is sorely missed.

  5. 5 World said at 2:39 am on September 9th, 2011:

    LSD is to enlightenment as McDonalds is to nutrition. The state attained with LSD is better achieved through meditation which is the Eastern way. The Western mind wants it fast and without effort and the fact that the drug is a foreign substance flaws the so called revelations that result. Apply hallucinogens day after day and it will tear one’s personality down. Apply meditation and yoga day after day and the result is strength.

  6. 6 Med said at 2:41 am on September 9th, 2011:

    LSD is an an amazing chemical, but there is one amazing thing it cannot do, and that is to think for things for you. Any sort of enlightenment or profound discoveries do not originate from this molecule, these come from your self. Your experience will completely depend on your memories, thoughts and perceptions. All LSD is is a tool to create a new perspective and see the world and yourself in a completely different way than you ever have before. To say the whole experience comes from a drug and not your own psyche is extremely narrow minded. On the other hand, it does not really cause one to become enlightened. If enlightenment is what you seek, perhaps you will find it and maybe LSD can help you get there, I don’t know. But it does seem to be an enormous catalyst in the creative thought process, and can help you see the ways you have been programmed by society and media and perhaps to break free from some of this conditioning.