Republican policies after passage of the Prohibition Amendment arguably increased Communist Party membership among Americans. CP membership roughly tripled in 1920-25, when the first prohibition recession hit, then increased sevenfold after The Great Depression resulted from prohibitionist property confiscation. The acceleration was well under weigh before FDR won using the Liberal Party repeal plank.(link)
You can see from this and other prison crowding graphs that Nixon’s mania for Republican prohibitionism increased prison populations sevenfold, from 200,000 to 1,600,000. Most of the increase were young, black and latino users of harmless enjoyables such as cannabis, mescaline, LSD, mushrooms and plant leaf extracts. None of them sought to harm anyone (absence of mens rea) and all of them sought only their own happiness. The equivocation of “vices” into “crimes” is fallacious. Prohibitionism spits in the face of free-market liberalism and laissez-faire economic theory. It replaces voluntary trade with the promiscuous abuse of violent and deadly force against those who neither defraud nor coerce others.(link)
China tried this sort of violence when Britain used opium exports to finance its conquest and subjugation of India. The resulting wars, revolutions and violence had by the time of our Civil War killed off a Chinese population roughly equal to everyone living in the U.S.. The Hague antiopium Convention interfered with exploitation by Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and Germany of the Balkans as source and their African and Asian colonies as dumping grounds for refined opiates. WW1 resulted. The Armistices, Versailles Treaty and later Opium Conventions combined with alcohol prohibitionism to add the USA to the export markets for addictive narcotics.
Herbert Hoover’s Moratorium (on brains and on German heroin) wrecked the German economy and got pharma cartels to back Hitler’s belligerent Socialism so that WW2 followed as logically from “A Planned Economy on a World Scale” as WW1 did from seizure of Germany’s “chemical drugs” as reparations while strangling their legality.(link) Germany and Japan, smelling a communist plot, withdrew from the League of Nations, used submarines to run drugs past prohibitionist and tariff blockades and made enough money doing it to wreck much of the planet’s wealth and progress fighting for those markets. Prohibitionist China is a dictatorship nobody wants to live in.
The most wasteful thing anyone can do is waste a vote on either half of the prohibitionist Kleptocracy.(link) Whenever they lose, they look at the millions of votes cast for Libertarian platform policies. Those expensive regrets are the only way for Republicans to break free of book-burning bigots and Democrats to let go of totalitarian looter-state policies as a utopian vision.
Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.
Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)
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