The global anti-trans backlash is ramping up, poised to make key victories throughout the second half of 2020. The right narrowly won the Polish election with a heavy electoral focus on combating 'LGBT ideology'. In Hungary, Orbán’s regime strangles the free press and introduces legislation that makes life almost impossible for transwomen, forcing them to go underground, delay transition or seek refuge elsewhere. Putin attempts to mask the ruins of the oligarchic mafioso capitalism he supervises by supporting a newly emboldened Orthodox Christian social conservatism. The Duma is set to pass a bill that will make it illegal for transpeople to adopt, outlaw same sex marriage and enforce ‘birth gender markers’ on ID. This land of despair, spiraling addiction and closing hospitals is setting the narrative tone for Eastern European conservatives who gain political capital from right wing populism that blames Western liberalism's woke overshoot for its own woes. This is the electoral weaponization of the wounded pride of those of us on the fringes of a great economic and cultural power that we often correctly suspect views us as backwards hicks if it even thinks about us at all. It is also the same type of political frame that Trump is moving into as he seeks reelection from those living in the American equivalent, in the flyover states and rustbelts, some of which have been crumbling away into oblivion for decades now.
For Eastern European conservatives, distracting from their own corruption, their countries' general stagnation and the economic emigration/brain drain of recent decades on the lands that have lured many of their young and talented away - mostly with menial jobs - is increasingly the way to win power. The psychological formula is obvious, as it allows the less developed to view those stronger than them as weak and decadent and recover a sense of pride.
These attacks on us are always framed as means of ‘protecting the family’. Yet if family values, which is to say, the defense of natality, is what is supposed to be encouraged here, it’s not working. Most troubling of all for the trads that are paying attention is the inability of this harsh state-backed social conservatism to have any effect in reversing the decline in fertility these nations share with the vast majority of the world, liberal or not. Russia in particular is growing smaller year on year.
Russian state media may be successful in scaremongering some of its population with the specter of an expansionist NATO enforcing ‘LGBT ideology’, yet it seems incapable of offering a successful programme of social conservatism in its place. When Orthodox Christians successfully lobbied the Russian Federal Parliament to legalize wife beating, the disastrous consequences eventually led to the law being overturned. The hope that abject patriarchal violence could reinstitute cis-het domesticity failed. Was the ideological goal here to violently produce compliant broodmares who could churn out new soldiers of what will one day surely be a resurgent and glorious trad expansionist Russian empire fighting globohomo NATO? (Rather than defending an internally collapsing plutocracy that is apparently on the same path of oligarchic capital consolidation as Venezuela.) Or is it just another senile tantrum from a degraded and humiliated patriarchy?
For Eastern European illiberal democrats, scapegoating woke capital to distract from your exodus of fit young working people is probably strategically of lesser importance than silencing the media, jailing your enemies and rigging the vote. But it will likely play well with grandparents, sad and angry that their kids have had to move to the increasingly gerontocratic and for now at least more liberal west where jobs are easier to find. Jobs like those in the new Leicester sweatshops which pay £3-£4 an hour to workers that can churn out the fashion equivalent of fastfood. Garments aimed at the social media advertising bargain buy economy that are likely to fall apart after a few weeks or washes. These Neo-Victorian covid incubators are staffed by those desperate enough to work to out-compete the regular factories using machines and adhering to the minimum wage laws. The government promises less red tape and otherwise continues to turn a blind eye. Those of us lucky enough to have jobs that pay the rent, or if we’re really feeling optimistic, the mortgage, just focus on not ending up like all the people living in tents in city hedges and scrubland, or roaming under the status of ‘No Fixed Abode’ between foodbanks, charity and couches in the rural wastelands.
As murder rates of transwomen - particularly black transwomen - increase, the globally envied liberal safe havens of the US/UK are also regressing under conservative electoral rule. US Republicans quote Rowling as they pass anti-trans legislation. UK Tory Minister for Equality Liz Truss promises imminent transphobic 'reform' of the Gender Recognition Act, as it is revealed that NHS trans healthcare had broken down almost entirely in many areas years before covid.
Yet, despite the many regressions and the terrifying violence and hate, we are creating stronger global alliances with each other online and entering a new world of low-cost body modification and cheap DIY hormones.
And amidst this strange mixture of beautiful novelty and reactionary bleakness, we find yet another intervention by that beloved English author with perhaps the greatest disparity between literary talent and commercial success in history. In another sad grasp for relevancy, she is determined to use her mendacious midwit talents to fan the transphobic flames while promoting her upcoming shitty novel. Her tactic: a slightly more liberal spin on that tried and true pearl clutching hysterical classic: ‘Won’t somebody please think of the children!?!’
As always, a ‘trans agenda’ is apparently ‘pushing’ and ‘pressuring’ children to take HRT and get surgeries. This is being done out of some sort of ultra-woke hysteria that, according to the more clever TERFs, either consciously or unconsciously replicates the very essentialist gender binarism that only they, those truly tolerant of loose gender performance and a healthy androgyny are fighting back against. That they are so often bankrolled by fundamentalist Christians and right-wingers is a fact they'd rather you ignored.
Like anyone trying to mainstream far right ideas in our woke era, those promoting this line find it at times convenient to wrap it up in socially liberal homilies – trans therapy is ‘homophobic’, or it’s somehow excessively conservative, an attempt to push essentialist gender norms to those who are merely crossing or muddling traditional gender boundaries that might be a little too strict at times anyway. This is a clever and effective line of attack, because it positions transitioning itself as an overreaction to existing socially conservative gender norms that ends up reinforcing them. It’s an alibi for transphobia of course, but it’s got a tempting whiff of plausible deniability to it. It enables the total narrative erasure of trans desire itself, putting forward the idea that nobody but a poor unfortunate and probably just insane few could ‘really’ want to transition, except as part of a temporary phase that is really the result of other psychological problems.
The most effective part of this strategy, of course, is to use the word 'child' in such a way that the audience assumes those younger than teenagers are the ones being forced into transition here.
So does this have any basis in fact? No. But propagandists never let the truth get in the way of a good story, particularly if they've somehow found themselves the richest living author despite being incapable of writing one. The fantasy of instant and flippantly ordered surgeries and hormones doled out like sweets that TERFs scaremonger about has been repeatedly debunked. Not that this will stop them espousing it. In reality, hormones are only prescribed through the NHS to those above the age of 16 who have been pursuing treatment for at least 3 years, seen multiple specialists and undergone extensive counseling. You must have passed a set of criteria that is deliberately designed to delay any potential treatment and requires a special persistence to tolerate.
Rowling cannot feign ignorance, she is being deliberately disingenuous, a cursory Google of the facts she opines about would have revealed this. Of course, as a member of the English elite, (who, oh so predictably, for a literary star embellished a rags to riches origin story for herself), she is not required to educate herself on the subject she spreads misinformation about. She instead threatens to sue those online whose opinions and criticism of her she doesn't like, relying on the threat of the libel law that her class so frequently uses to silence those who dare speak truth to it.
Basic Googling could have corrected her, but this is of course far too much for us to expect from the world's richest author, a woman who writes her missives from inside her own castle. It is too much for us to expect her to bother with the facts, or hire someone else to, or respond to the many polite and informative critics who have clearly and succinctly corrected her garbage.
(Rowling's many falsehoods have been expertly debunked here and here.)
So what does the current NHS system, that is apparently handing out new genders to anyone who even momentarily fancies one look like? It looks like it's collapsing, particularly if you're from Northern Ireland where not a single new trans patient has been approved in years.
The truth is that NHS trans healthcare is so strict and prohibitive it looks more like a deliberately designed means of identifying and delaying those who won’t stop insisting on a desire to transition in the hopes they can be dissuaded and eventually converted to a stable cis identity. For many, it is a state-mandated form of stalling and subtle cis-conversion therapy masquerading as treatment.
This is not the woke contagion hysteria myth that the TERF industry is shilling. The most basic research would clarify things, but Rowling doesn’t do it because she doesn’t care.
What motivates this hacks intense animosity towards us? It's not money as she has all of that already. It's not a desire to please her fans, many of whom have already turned against her. Here, she gives us a clue:
Even by the standards of an author who made a career from the most facile clichés, this is a tragically predictable TERF origin story. Rowling is yet another transphobe who perhaps has repressed trans desires, or at least whose own shallow and facile misunderstanding of dysphoria and equivocation of it with her own angst leads her to hallucinate the existence of a sinister cult that is unfairly pushing that same repressed desire onto the helpless, hapless souls most vulnerable to it. The same type of person she once was, or could perhaps have been, before her righteous transphobia rescued her.
In her detective novels, first published under an anonymous male pseudonym that was not revealed to belong to Rowling long after initial release, she uses the pen-name ‘Robert Galbraith’. This is, coincidentally or not, the same name as the one of the pioneers of gay conversion therapy. In these novels Rowling's latest male hero protagonist, this time a gruff former Afghanistan war veteran turned detective, has this to say to the usual cliché of an aggressive but pitied masculine coded transwoman who has tried to stab him:
“'If you go for that door one more time I’m calling the police and I’ll testify and be glad to watch you go down for attempted murder. And it won’t be fun for you Pippa,’ he added. ‘Not pre-op.'”
Far be it from me, an aspiring and unpublished fiction author myself, to make a simplistic condemnation of mere prejudice here. Rowling is choosing to write unpleasant characters, making the (slightly, for a millionaire like her) uncomfortable choice of writing about dark subject matter in an age in which doing so often invites hysterical and unfair accusations that one both supports and embodies the darkness one writes of. This is indeed an unpleasant and threatening statement, but this is a detective novel and a dark and unpleasant masculine protagonist is par for the course. I also refuse to assert that anything a character says or any view or inclination they express must be representative of their authors true views and desires. It is interesting to note that Rowling's latest transphobic rant serves to promote her next detective novel which will this time have a female protagonist. If Rowling is working through something in her writing, either an accommodation with her own gender identity or her own issues, she seems to have only been able to do so, like so many others, using the sad consolation of transphobia. What is so galling is her utter refusal to even engage with any of the critiques of her patently false and misleading claims. She doesn't feel she has to, as if doing so would be beneath her. This level of disconnected arrogance will simply be impossible for any writer to maintain going forward, now that social media has taken away the distance which Rowling as a Gen Xer is obviously used to.
A more pertinent question for anyone who has actually felt shock and surprise that Rowling is this contemptible is what exactly was it you saw in this hack's work in the first place? I read a few of her novels as a child and soon gave up and continue to find it surprising that others apparently didn't give up also.
It's also interesting to contrast Rowling’s idea of magic with that of actual witches.
For Rowling, magic is a closed system of ancient spells that one almost always gains access to by birthright, hidden from the wider world by a shadow state, the primary function of which, a pact agreed upon and maintained by both wings of its warring internal tribes, is to hide itself from the wider world, the non-elite. Rowling conceives of magic as something a select few are taught in ancient English boarding schools, taught so that they might guard and hoard these traditions among themselves. For Rowling, access to magic, like gender, is something granted by accident of birth. Magic is closely guarded by a secret shadow English state, and this state is the one true safe haven and guardian of all that is good and righteous in the world. Therefore, it is natural and good that this state should not merely be an elite aristocracy, but completely hide itself from the wider public. It knows what is best. It seems like a hazy re-imagining of an older, paternalistic English elite, that once had an empire spanning the globe and can now more comfortably imagine its internal status competitions and cultural psycho-dramas as central to the salvation of the world.
This is in great contrast to the actual witches, women whose productive capacities, recipes, traditions and proto-sciences were pillaged by those around them, destroyed, censored or outright persecuted.
Today, new witches are stepping into the roles the English state fails or abandons in regards to trans health.
And it is time for us to strengthen our networks, in which we can each have a role in aligning with the avant-garde of decentralized technology. Our underground DIY manufacturing and distribution chains and support groups must seize upon this opportunity to flourish. We must also recognize that it's deeply insulting for any of us to even have to be aware of the success of a mainstream hack like Rowling. There are much better trans writers who deserve your financial support. There are also many willing sisters that will aid you if you wish to go the DIY route.
The New Witches
The UK is about to plunge into what is being projected as the worst recession in over a century. Covid threatens to overwhelm an NHS that is going from perpetual crisis to outright dysfunction, particularly here in Ulster. The pandemic has created a ready excuse for it to all but abandon trans healthcare. An emboldened and electorally unchallenged Tory government will likely use this moment to make further successful attacks. This is why, as boring and irrelevant as Rowling might be as an writer, it is at least worth understanding the tactics she uses against us, as these will become the templates and talking points for 'respectable' transphobia from the rest of the liberal establishment.
England is becoming ground zero of a new liberal/far right alliance backlash against transgenderism. Eastern Europe is sliding from illiberal democracy towards outright government persecution, along with the Russian government and also with rising reactionary forces in the USA. We have all the reasons we need to rebel against the confines of decaying and restrictive state healthcare apparatuses that mostly fucking hate us anyway and forge our own morphological freedom and bodily autonomy.
Decentralized, anonymized networks run on open source software, distributing the means and methods of transition, financed by cryptocurrencies that suck in the capital from existing state currencies and to which they will soon be forced to adapt to or die – this is our future. These is the networked underground in which we live. We are stalked by the demands of a pharmaceutical and pornographic regime that either views our bodies with either fear and lust or as a source of profit. We are being held both hostage and accomplice to a regime that seeks to destroy us or psychologically break us into being reincorporated as quiet, servile reproducers of its own increasingly archaic heteronormativity.
We will be scapegoated, out of the desperate delusion that we can become an isolated, targeted and destroyed vector, attacking which could ward off the slowly dawning realization that artificial reproduction is becoming the only way to keep this show on the road. So, rather than wallow in self pity, let us try and get ahead of our enemies by predicting what their next strategies of attack might be, and how they'll fail.
If the current transphobe strategy is to work to outlaw medical transition in the hopes that this will stop us, then the TERFs and trads are guaranteed to lose, and lose badly. Those who want to restore rigid and immutable traditional sexual and gender binaries and the partially hallucinatory/always aspirational and highly dysfunctional social orders of old that supported them are on the wrong side of history. Not merely morally, but economically, which is what really counts.
To understand exactly why, we need to look at a prior moral panic, a still ongoing and still failing project to regulate and maintain the default neurochemical operating settings of the body politic – that of the war on drugs.
Precisely because it is hyperbolic to compare HRT to illegal narcotics as much as it is to compare it to anti-depressants (although for many of us, HRT resolves or temporarily resolves depression, depersonalization and suicidal ideation), let's assume our enemies will try it. Let's assume that the same hysterical moral panics would be of great use to the TERF movement if they could manufacture them.
Let's imagine that an under-18, or a future detransitioner, purchases cheap online grey market hormones. Eventually the press figures it can generate some clickbait by spinning a story, targeting the horrible new darkweb witches who are brewing and distributing their own gender potions.
In this scenario, a new moral panic over the ease of access to HRT outside of the NHS leads to legislation that demotes HRT from a duty of service that the state has to its citizens to the murky depths of the narco-economy. Let's say that in a worst case scenario, these attacks are so successful they are used to shut down the rest of the collapsing public trans healthcare offered by the NHS.
There would be two remaining options here: one is to go private, an option only available to the wealthy elite. The other is to go DIY, a move that will be massively promoted by a reactionary press and given an even more exciting taboo allure. The free marketing that conservatives have diligently provided for the narcotics industry would only entice a growing number of people, many of whom do not understand how transition works and do not currently understand it as a realistic possibility for themselves.
I don't believe this scenario of a state backed attempt to prosecute grey market HRT in the same way it tries and fails to shut down narcotics industries is particularly likely. Estradiol and testosterone are legal and becoming two of the hottest chemicals on the market and are both already heavily medically prescribed. It's true that many of today's narcotics, cocaine for example, were once pharmacy prescribed, but my hunch is that this is unlikely to happen to hormones.
However, as a political fiction scenario it's at least interesting to imagine, precisely because this move, the state regulation of hormonal 'balance', is the only move left to our enemies and a move that would completely backfire on them. Not simply because of the allure that prohibition creates and a desire to transgress such enforced bounds, but because any attempt to impose this kind of biological regulation would serve to educate the population on just how easy it is to hack and reprogramme ones own biological default settings.
The worse the NHS gets, the more UK transwomen will be forced to seek out other avenues. Those TERFs who want or pretend to want the barest minimum of transition services available at all seem desperate to make sure that only the most insistent and suicidal will ever have access to them. This is already pushing more people down the DIY path. The worse they make the official services for us, the more we'll be forced to produce our own.
The recipes for home-made estradiol are easy to find now, as are multiple sources of quality homemade and home delivered stock. The price of these has, if you know where to look, plummeted. I can easily obtain a 3 year supply and suitable preparation tools for around £300. If I wished to produce my own, it would be considerably easier for a serious, patient and careful amateur willing to do some reading, research and preparation to start a homelab than it is to manufacture the likes of LSD or MDMA. Mass produced pharmaceutical estradiol is already easy to purchase and there is simply no way to fully ensure the current supply chain is not rerouted using international postage and delivery systems and distribution loopholes to serve the burgeoning transgender market. This estradiol is more expensive, (and often of a lesser quality than what our most expert witches brew in their own cauldrons) but still affordable even on a minimum wage salary.
Nobody now, except the most naive, expects the war on drugs to ever be won. Nor did this war seem to do anything but unwittingly strengthen the marketing of these drugs by producing a taboo shrouded in superstition and ignorance that the modern consumer takes smug delight in breaking. The horrendous cost in violence and side effects of neurological ruin is simply something that humanity either tolerates or eventually fails when it tries to avert.
This war has, through military necessity, altered itself into an attempt to perpetually frustrate and disrupt narcotics distribution lines. Make a few showbusts to the press and you can continue getting your state salary, and perhaps even your bribes and a well stocked evidence locker to pilfer from.
That this arrangement is highly beneficial for the US police departments who can still pull massive funding into their budgets and further militarize their operations due to Bush 1 era legislation is no longer particularly scandalous. That the drugs coming in rely on a complex network of backhanders and horrendously exploit failed and third world nations who have little other economic choice but to hope not to be murdered in an industry that is at times savagely violent dissuades very few consumers.
If we are prepared to pay attention, there are still some scandals that can cause some degree of shock:
The sheer degree of this raises more uncomfortable questions like: could we even have what little of a middle class economy we have left without it? Does humanity even currently have the option of sustaining itself solely through less dangerous, less violent, less cannibalistic, less neurologically damaging industries? But perhaps most disturbing of all for how long can we pretend to ignore this and hope the chaos stays beyond our borders or at least among the slums and lower orders whose rents we live off? After all, it's pretty hard to find any industry that isn't connected to exploitation and profiteering off addiction in some way.
Can we do anything to stop? Clearly, for now, not entirely. We tried and failed. The answer to the question of how you win the war on drugs is the one that the CIA learned long ago, that you can't, so you just start playing it yourself.
You can prohibit some drugs, to some extent, but alcohol, the most popular and extremely neurologically dangerous of intoxicants (it both inflames energy, increases impulsiveness and reduces inhibition, leading to a high percentage of violent crimes being alcohol-related) is simply so ingrained in our heritage that nobody would dare try prohibition again. Marijuana is now going the same way. How could drugs so integral to identity, as 'natural', whatever that is, as hormones ever be completely prohibited?
It doesn’t matter how many lives alcohol wrecks, and how many of those who have wrecked their own, or others' lives, or grown up and witnessed the wreckage and seen exactly how it has handicapped their own chances, turn to the refuge of abstinence and the religious communities or other interstices in which there is some sort of semi-functional prohibition. Consumption is something that is still viewed as a personal choice. The obese, like the addicted and any other poor bastard whose brain has been hacked to be harvested for someone else's profit, will be blamed for their own improper use of the free will we cannot bear to assume is not, when it comes down to it, in total control.
Estradiol does not come with these horrendous side effects. Still, the attempt to conflate hormones with illegal narcotics is indeed a possible attack strategy for transphobes. Already, the almost entirely minor side effects of estradiol being distorted to make it seem like these hormones are extremely dangerous. But the fact is simply that these substances are already naturally produced in the body and society has been formed around their effects from the beginning. We are well adapted to them already. If these side effects were to become promoted by scaremongerers, this move would only eventually lead to the widespread ridicule by which the more hyperbolic claims of prohibitionists of old are now greeted, even in polite society.
Even if reactionary states can regulate hormones so that they are only prescribed for cis health problems, the market, black, grey or white, will not. Cis men on the transphobic manosphere right, desperate to 'boost their T levels' are constantly shilling each other all manner of useless garbage that they almost entirely falsely claim will accomplish this. Cis women are increasingly requesting estradiol for cosmetic rather than strictly medical reasons. If drug money and manufactured addiction is one of the greatest ways to amass power and wealth today, particularly in our partially automated world in which consumption is the only thing the system uses most lives for, then it's hard to see how anyone is able to stem the tide in the way that transphobes might hope.
“Government is rotted to its core with narco-capital and collapsing messily” – Land, Meltdown
Winners don't use drugs - but they know how to sell them without getting caught.
Another strategy of attack is to conflate transgenderism with infertility. This again, is a strategy that can only work by crippling the very technologies of reproductive futurism that an increasingly infertile population will come to rely on to perpetuate itself at all.
The positioning of transgenderism as a threat to fertility is interesting because of just how utterly detached from reality it is.
The idea that if we allow ourselves to become too queer (defined here as neglectful of reproductive futurity) we will go extinct has a powerful grasp on the conservative imagination. It gives purpose to their realization that they are hapless genomic puppets, doomed to suffer to enact the programme of a replicating DNA molecule that is indifferent to them and instrumentalizes them for its own ends. It's crucial to grasp that in a strange way, it's almost that the opposite is true.
It's obvious from the amount of closeted homosexual right-wingers that this scapegoating of queers is often a cope and a projection, but until recent history it was a lot easier to uphold it as a moral principle. It's a lot harder in an age of artificial reproduction and reproductive techniques. Those that avail of these technologies will quite simply win the game, those that rely on what is 'natural' are only relying on what is becoming, in an age in which we are each becoming a collection of catalogued presets in a genomic catalogue in a fertility clinic computer, a purposeful ignorance of the genetic engineering that heterosexual reproduction has always been.
With transwomen now being requested to volunteer for artificial womb treatments, and with surrogacy so that elite women do not have to undergo the trouble of birthing their own children becoming a 'feminist' (read: capitalist) issue, it is clear that many of us are accelerating the production of technologies of reproduction that will benefit both us and the cis.
One wonders if there is any truth to the claim, made by some queer theorists, that queerness constitutes a novel and peaceful form of existence or contains within it any sort of solution to the constant woe and violence of traditional social orders.
Will transwomen gladly sign up for the maternal and domestic roles allotted to our cis-mothers? Will we be happy to produce the future armies of men to invade and conquer/liberate foreign lands, or defend us and the vulnerable from foreign invasions, and bring enough order to the home front that one in a million of us can become millionaire children's authors who live in castles and write shitty liberal racist fantasies about magical English boarding school meritocracies?
Transgenderism is aligned not merely with a post-natal future, but with the very means of artificial reproduction, artificial wombs, womb transplants – the technological innovations of transmotherhood will have the effect of aiding and salvaging the increasingly barren cis reproductive future also.
It is hilarious to consider that this is the model by which some people expect a healthy cis-normativity to be inculcated. An intense, personal therapy that would take years, the efficacy of which is highly dubious at best. Something that absolutely fucking noone except the very rich will ever have access to, no matter how much this fact is an intolerable heresy to the National Health Service's honourable principles of egalitarian distribution of care. As if, even if there were the budget for enough staff to do it, this would ever be given funding priority!
Nobody with any experience of the NHS or any system like it believes it has the money and spare manpower to give talking therapy to everyone who needs/requests it. As if psychiatric medications, an unstoppable money machine that long ago bribed its way through the defense lines of the NHS faster than a coke connect at one of its bureaucrats' dinner parties, would, even if fully under the most fanatical TERF aegis, be able to install enough detransitionist and dissuadist therapists to stop more than a tiny number of the population from simply going DIY and routing around its collapsing care system.
Depressed people, like all people, can rarely be given a good enough reason to live. Nor can talking therapy usually prompt a sufficient and long lasting change in whatever internal neurochemical configuration is making you feel that way in the first place.
Increasingly less of us are convinced we will ever be able to own a home, start a family, have a long term relationship or have a life that isn’t a precarious struggle for money and against one's own addictions, despair and misery. Pills are a hot commodity, faster and cheaper than addressing any of these other problems. The pain and curiosity of an average life is enough to push anyone into trying the quickest and easiest solution. And this too, fails, since the suicide rate has been on the rise for decades. Expecting transpeople to actually sign up for this bullshit when it's impossible to hide that so many of their peers are flourishing under foreign healthcare systems or by going DIY is the kind of delusion that only somebody whose idea of what's possible begins and ends in the confines of old England could fall for.
For transwomen, depressed or not, the idea of trans healthcare being rolled back this way, at the same moment that transpeople make cultural breakthroughs and flaunt our beauty and liberation will be intolerable. The more NHS services degrade, the more we will innovate on our own. This is your fault, not ours, and your attempts to scapegoat us for it cannot succeed in the long-term. This means DIY transitions that disregard much of the gatekeeping and delays of official channels. This means the state waking up to the realization that it is doomed to fight and lose another war to regulate the chemistry of its human capital stock.
As the punks of old once said: DIY OR DIE.