I’m away from wifi and trying to post from my iPhone..
George Will has a fascinating and strange piece about prohibition in the Washington Post.
“Another round of Prohibition, anyone?”
After the first few years, alcohol consumption dropped only 30 percent. Soon smugglers were outrunning the Coast Guard ships in advanced speedboats, and courts inundated by violations of Prohibition began to resort to plea bargains to speed “enforcement” of laws so unenforceable that Detroit became known as the City on a Still.
Prohibition agents cherished $1,800 jobs because of the bribes that came with them.
Now that ambitious government is again hell-bent on improving Americans — from how they use salt to what light bulbs they use — Okrent’s book is a timely tutorial on the law of unintended consequences.
I’m not sure how George Will is able to write while sharing a room with a two- ton unseen elephant.