I mean subversive in the fact that using them is contrary to mainstream principles, not that doing drugs is an anti-authoritarian type act.
I'd argue the mainstream thing, too. People are accustomed to the idea of LSD, and have been for decades. The only drugs that scare the shit out of people these days are the ones you don't want to fuck with, like meth.
The result isn't "Oh wow!", but rather, "Oh, just another fucked up raver." Paper wadded up, and into the trash.
Although I don't particularly buy into the idea that THEY (strike ominous piano chords) are purposely reaping the benefits of drug production, if that's what you are implying. Feel free to prove me wrong.
There's basically two kinds of druggie:
1. Couch & Rave: This sort of druggie either sits on the couch slamming Cheetohs and watching The Dukes of Hazard
, or spinning a chem light at a rave for 4 straight hours. Neither one is a threat to the system, and in fact are instead very good consumers.
2. Maniacal/dangerous: Very rare, and usually wind up in prison and thus as a means to scare the shit out of young people (GONNA GO TO JAIL) and old people (WE'RE PROTECTING YOU FROM PEOPLE LIKE THIS
). In the meantime, said druggie is working the private prison call center, and the prison gets paid at both ends.
In addition, it's not like the CIA didn't run heroin to America during Vietnam which A) helped pay for Laos, and B) kept lots of poor people quiet...And it's not like they didn't do the same thing with respect to crack cocaine, to pay for Nicaragua, scare the shit out of everyone in the country, and put lots of poor people out of commission, into the system, or both.
Drugs are essentially a shrink-wrapped, bar-coded commodity.