William James

William James
We must get by on what truth we have today, and be willing to call it error tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On The Claim That Prohibition Of Alcohol Should Be Reinstated

The comment was made:

"News article reports that a 28 year old man was just arrested for second degree manslaughter. Seems he allowed his home to be used for a bunch of teen to have a drinking party. One of them was found by another adult unconscious on the front lawn. That adult told the 28-year old to drive the 15 year old kid to a hospital, which he did, but the kid was not breathing an unresponsive when he got there. Instead of waiting around, the 28-year old simply left without speaking further with the hospital staff.

We hear constantly that Prohibition was a failure. So what do we call the more than 100,000 alcohol related deaths per year in this country? A success?"

To which one person commented:

"Prohibition was a failure because it didn't work. The current number of alcohol related deaths, while tragic, is unrelated to that fact."

To which I responded:

Agreed. I am against alcohol but believe it is simply impractical to outlaw it entirely. This is something we will have to do one step at a time, the hard way, convincing individuals that any perceived benefits are not worth the individual and social cost.

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