I’m a little proud of you tonight, America. Just a little, but I’m proud.
A couple of big wins for humans tonight: #1. Same-Sex Marriage is being legalized in a lot of states and #2. Marijuana use is being legalized in a couple of states. #3. New Hampshire just abolished their state income tax. I’m a little proud, America. Just a little.
We still need to get our shit together on a Congressional and Federal level.
Prohibition in the US was a huge, miserable failure. During its 13-year run, beginning in 1920, Prohibition caused a massive rise in organized crime and actually increased alcohol consumption instead of curtail[ing] it.
After Prohibition’s repeal in 1933, kids didn’t start drinking in record numbers. Society didn’t collapse. Today, bathtub gin dealers don’t run amok on playgrounds; microbreweries don’t protect their turf with automatic weapons. Instead, a safe environment to drink was created when the government began regulating and taxing alcohol.
And yet, here we are in 2012, giving Prohibition another shot.—
This is what’s wrong with Gary Johnson. He skirts right up against a true libertarian stance, but then his lack of philosophical fundamentals keeps him from coming to the proper, educated conclusions. This shortcoming is what was exposed in his interview with Bob Wenzel (in which I feel Wenzel was admittedly a bit too eager to tussle using uncomfortable “gotcha” tactics): Johnson’s instincts are good but his understanding needs development.
A “safe environment to drink” was NOT “created when the government began regulating and taxing alcohol.” A safer environment was brought about once government stopped punishing peaceful exchanges of free individuals. And the safest possible environment will emerge once the state is out of the way entirely.
It is the statist who foolishly believes that deliverance and liberty and safety are products of governmental interference.