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"Prohibitionism" - Banning for a better
Alcohol? Between 1920
and 1933 in the USA - it was
Gambling? Andrew Bolt in Australia says poker machines should
Smoking? In more and more places is now BANNED
Drug use for
adults? Marijuana, ecstasy, heroine, etc.? BANNED
In the firing line
for more BANNING: tobacco advertizing, fatty foods, gun ownership, sexy
music videos, brothels, pornography, smoking in public, boxing, genetic
engineering, junk food, and the list goes on. To try the phrase "should be banned" in
Google: click here
The "Prohibitionist" attitude and
approach is nicely summed up by Herald-Sun columnist, Andrew Bolt. He's
referring to poker machines. But you could substitute all sorts of things
There's just something about
them that brings out the worst in us.
AND there's nothing about
them that brings out the best. Is there any form of gambling that shuts
people off from each other? Is so mechanical? Is so addictive? Is so
utterly mindless and without virtue?
Ban them. Help the weak. Ban
them. Think of the children. Ban them. Protect the poor. Ban them. Show
some heart. Some virtue.
Historian, Dr Anna
Blainey discusses her research into alcohol prohibition and the
temperance movement in the USA and internationally.
Prohibition in America (1920 - 1933), Australia, Britain, and
elsewhere. How the ban was actually not about drinking alcohol, but
against producing and selling alcohol. How the consumer was treated
as a victim. Temperance crusaders tended to also be for ending
slavery - what did these two issues have in common at the time?
The role of the Quakers. It was actually not a "Puritan" movement. Early
crusaders relied on persuasion and advocated moderation - but this changed
to using force of law and advocating a total ban. How Prohibition caused
disrespect of law. Violation of property rights. The rise of organized
crime. That the backlash and the move to repeal Prohibition was
itself based on flawed arguments. And much more!
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