There have been very few things that the government has done and later was undone as fast as alcohol. Today marks the 75th anniversary of this. This from The USA Today:
“People across the USA might take time out from the economic crisis and its sober comparisons to the Great Depression today to toast the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
Celebrations of the 1933 ratification of the 21st Amendment, which ended the country’s dry spell, are planned in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.
The milestone comes at a time when a growing number of states and municipalities are relaxing Sunday alcohol sales restrictions.”
The free market haven Cato Institute is holding a party and speakers will be present for this occasion. The event is here but is is sold out. Of course, Alcohol is still heavily regulated and heavily taxed. Some of these loosening of restrictions are more just attempts to try and gain more revenue but what are some of the things we learned from the Prohibition.
- Banning something benefited the black-market more than the moralists.
- Enforcement was very expensive
- People found a way around the ban.
The government realized that instead of taxing and spending money on an unpopular war on Alcohol that they could allow it and just tax us. Call that freedom, sure it is better than it was but we still have a ways to go.