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Prohibition is Still Alive and Well

Posted by The_Chef On 11:53 AM 3 comments

I completely miffed this one folks. Yesterday was Repeal day. The day that politicians finally panicked enough at falling government revenue to re-legalize the sale of alcohol. So I hope everyone got out and had a beer.

In other news, I was reading Radley Balko's coverage of the Repeal Day lectures at CATO and he was struck by the reaction of a member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Apparently she stormed out saying it was the most one sided set of lectures she's ever heard.

So I just went looking for their website. What DOES the CSPI support? Since it's in YOUR interest I thought everyone should know exactly what this group is advocating on their behalf.

  • Higher Alcohol Taxes
  • Alcohol companies prohibited from advertising during sports broadcasts
  • Keeping the minimum age for alcohol purchases 21
  • Skeptical and even fear mongering about Genetically engineered food.
  • Sueing companies to not target children in the advertising for ... candy.
  • Warning people of the DANGERS OF SALT.
Come on people. Aristotle had it right, consume things in moderation. But the response of the CSPI is not "Your health will thank you" Their response is, if you don't do it we'll lobby so you'll have to.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
-C.S. Lewis
Yup, he got it right.


3 Response for the "Prohibition is Still Alive and Well"

  1. Mark says:

    Thanks for the post. As if I wasn't intrigued enough, you reference CATO and C.S. Lewis in the same post. Well done!
    Can you tell me the Lewis reference?


  2. The_Chef says:

    I honestly don't know, but off the top of my head if I had to guess I would say it's from The Hideous Stength.

  3. VH says:

    Great Lewis quote. Sadly, we are going to see ever more self-righteous diktat soon enough from our own government.