This whole situation with Les is reminiscent of many other similar situations. As has been mentioned, Charlie Sheen, as well as, John Kaminski, the whole background to the Laurel Canyon scene and the Hippie generation, etc. That post on his blog, "Everybody Hurts, Nobody Wins" is SO bizarre and incoherent, it hurts my mind reading it. I too remember "back in the day" when Les Visible was one of the best essayists on the web. His writing WAS excellent and inspirational.
He kept hammering away at 9/11 being an inside job and exposing Zionist agendas and machinations combined with a "non-denominational," free-wheeling spirituality and spiritual principles, and very well written with humor and lots of research and many, many links in his blog posts. All of this and more were why I liked his writing so much. It seemed very collinear with SOTT, just written in a bit of a different style which was also welcome from the point of view of creative diversity.
Funny that just as Les was REALLY hitting his stride (around the first half of 2008 or so), Kaminski was in the process of losing it and "going off the deep end." We know with John Kaminski, a certain person was inserted into his life and she facilitated the downward spiral for John. What about Les, what happened to him? It's difficult, if not impossible, to say without more data. How far back does all this go in the case of Les? Again, I don't know. But we saw the, at first, gradual and now accelerating deterioration. He sure seems to have some VERY interesting episodes and circumstances in his background which, by the way, seem to be perfect opportunities for mind control techniques while feeding his weaknesses to get him onto the self-destruct train. That all depends on just how accurate all of that is, as well.
Sure, his drug abuse is a big part of it, but the methods and amount of time the powers that pull the strings in these situations use are many and varied. I also don't know whether John Kaminski's behavior would be as vile as what Les Visible has been engaging in lately. In any case, we are witnessing another valuable voice with so much potential being taken out, yet again. As we know, there is a covert war raging and these are some of the types of battles waged. It is all par for the course.
It's sad, as always, to see these things play out and see another "warrior for truth" fall on the battle field (if Les ever WAS that in any real sense, which I tend to think he was, but I guess anything can be faked to a certain degree for a while) . But it doesn't get to me in as intense a way as it used to. I know that it's almost inevitable that these type of things will continue to happen without the awareness, efforts, and precautions taken to keep from being taken out of the game and made ineffective for all practical intents and purposes.
It didn't HAVE to be this way with Les, as with others, if he was willing to network with a sincere group such as this who would watch his back and warn him of the dangers of the way he's headed. But he didn't want to hear any of it and didn't take the warnings seriously. So the current situation and outcome was virtually inevitable.
One other thing all of this reminded me of was how Gurdjieff used to use alcohol at his large dinners to bring out and show a side of people that they normally would be able to hide. For a certain duration of time, there is always the opportunity to be sincere with oneself (and those trying to point these things out) and working on healing and changing these sides of oneself. IF there's anything else in there to grow and develop at the expense of losing the previously better hidden sides.
ADDED: I just saw your post, Lilou. I agree with the curious questions you have raised about Les. But I just want to make the point that Les and others could have been targeted (long ago) BECAUSE they had so much potential. Again, it's difficult to say, if not impossible. What we know for certain is only where he ended up.