Friday, April 5, 2013

Calling Out the Nanny State For What It Is

Thanks to Marshall Keith for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-


5 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting that interview, J.

    The thing is that what JI says is so obvious, isn't it? He should not have to say it. Politicians should be perfectly clear in their minds that prohibition (even 'creeping' prohibition) is anathema. I feel sure that, at the end of prohibition in the USA, the consumption of alcohol MUST have shot up as compared with pre-prohibition levels (although I have no evidence!). Also, there was a time when porn was banned. Now that it is not, porn is everywhere.
    When will these people wake up and realise that IT IS THEIR JOB to assert freedom and not to curtail it.

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    1. Hi Junican,

      "I feel sure that, at the end of prohibition in the USA, the consumption of alcohol MUST have shot up as compared with pre-prohibition levels (although I have no evidence!)."

      One thing IS for certain: alcohol consumption was a lot more dangerous during prohibition. Check this story out if you're not already familiar with it:


      "Doctors were accustomed to alcohol poisoning by then, the routine of life in the Prohibition era. The bootlegged whiskies and so-called gins often made people sick. The liquor produced in hidden stills frequently came tainted with metals and other impurities. But this outbreak was bizarrely different. The deaths, as investigators would shortly realize, came courtesy of the U.S. government."

      "Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people."

      To read more:

      http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2010/02/the_chemists_war.html

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    2. ..and apparently, according to this article, alcoholism rates did in fact soar during prohibition..No surprise there...

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    3. I was aware of that, J. That's what happens when Zealots are permitted a free hand - they have no scruples in their quest to achieve their aims.

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    4. I figured that you'd already be aware of this old story. It is interesting though to revisit the past once in awhile. It really shows us what's changed and what hasn't. Unfortunately, some things never change. Lol...reminds me (off topic) of a song that I wrote (a looooong time ago,.) with that exact title. I had totally forgotten about until now...hmmm...I have to see if I can remember how it goes. "Some things never change...and so the story goes..." Gonna have to go dig it up. Thanks for reminding me!

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