One of the random things we learned from this Guide to Social Climbing in NYC In the ’80s.
A collaboration between Hunter S. Thompson and Thomas W. Benton in 1970-1971. The two-sided posters were used for Thompson’s campaign run for Sheriff of Piktin County, Colorado in 1970, and featured art by Benton and writing by Thompson outlining his platform.
If Hunter S. Thompson had been elected, changes would’ve included:
- Legalization of drugs on a recreational basis (although profiteering dealers would be prosecuted harshly.) Thompson did make a concession on the drugs issue – he promised that if elected, he would not eat mescaline whilst on duty.
- “Rip up all city streets with jackhammers and sod the streets at once.”
- Change the name Aspen to Fat City. This would prevent greed heads, land rapers, and other human jackals from capitalizing on the name ‘Aspen’. These swine should be fucked, broken, and driven across the land.”
- It will be the general philosophy of the sheriff’s office that no drug worth taking shall be sold for money. My first act as sheriff will be to install on the sheriff’s lawn a set of stocks to punish dishonest dope dealers.”