Friday, December 05, 2008

Happy Repeal Day!

"Prohibition? They tried that in the movies and it didn't work!" --Homer Simpson

It was 75 years ago today that the 21st Amendment--repealing the 18th Amendment--was ratified. Everybody raise your glass to our freedom to drink!

On a related note, I don't think I've ever posted anything of a political nature on this blog before, but Radley Balko (who runs the excellent Agitator blog) has an excellent op-ed piece on about the lessons the government hasn't learned from Prohibition some three-quarters-of-a-century later. Radley includes a prescient quote from H.L. Mencken in 1924:

Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favourite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.

Just something to think about. Cheers!


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