Today, 16 January 2020, is the one-hundredth anniversary of the implementation of National Prohibition, when the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution officially took effect.
I’m posting a series of commentaries over the next several days about Prohibition, its relationship with the so-called “Progressive” movement of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and other evil strains in American political and social history.
Feel free to chime in.
The prohibition of beverage alcohol, including both beer and wine, but especially of hard liquor – distilled beverages – has a long and sad history both in the Fifty States and in the British Commonwealth. Just as does the abuse of alcohol by too many people.
The pitiful history of prohibition – of alcohol and now of some drugs – is a painful but vital lesson to all lovers of liberty concerning some very specific evils of government. Including the historical evidence that however bad the situation, government action can make it worse.
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