Merry Repeal Day
Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition — a victory for common sense over regulation. It’s kinda sad that even though it has been 75 years since the end of Prohibition, there are still numerous local/state/federal limits — from state liquor boards and stores to the setting of the drinking age to 21. I have sincere doubts that these unwarranted restrictions are not going to be lifted any time soon since they are generally popular with both the right (for “moral” reasons) and the left (for “health” reasons). And now the restrictionists/prohibitionists have moved to smoking and fatty foods as the new way for government to control our lives.
In the past I have been a committed drug warrior — largely because of my fairness/retribution instincts — but I’ve been largely convinced that the “War on Drugs” is completely idiotic. The billions spent by all levels of government has done nothing to make people’s lives better, has lead indirectly to the deaths of thousands, and directly to the murder of innocent citizens at the hands of the police. The complete inability of the Drug War to accomplish anything positive demonstrates, again, how counterproductive government action can be.
Reason has been running several articles on this anniversary including: The Lessons of Prohibition.