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On the Need to Avenge My Father’s Suicide: Addiction, Education, Empire and Money

Cody Lestelle

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The following is a working draft of a piece that will appear in book that is a compilation of essays on the subject of addiction, alcohol, counterinsurgency, drugs, empire and revolution. Comments welcome.

On the Need to Avenge My Father’s Suicide:
Addiction, Education, Empire and Money

(Cody Lestelle)

“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves:
the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy”. —Ivan Illich

Addiction is a state defined by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli,
despite adverse consequences.” (wikipedia)

In October of 2003 my father, Steven Joseph Lestelle, fatally shot himself in the head. He left his closest family members with goodbye letters, including my brother and me. We read the letter to his brother out loud at the funeral. My father wrote that he could no longer suffer to live with his inner demons, and that he needed…

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