Most striking are the omissions. Four years earlier the Dems were split asunder over Ku-Klux Klan bigotry. Like the Libertarian party Convention of 2022, which deleted platform condemnations of bigotry, the Dems failed to deplore the Klan. Offended by the attempt, the bone-dry prohibitionist Ku-Klux Klan promptly threw its support behind the Republican Party. The GOP in turn adopted the Klan’s endorsement of the prohibition Amendment and added a plank promising to enforce dry laws–which since 1927 had added the Bureau of Internal Revenue to their arsenal.(link)
The movie does not mention the Opium Wars or boycott pressure exerted on the USA to support prohibitionism. The Hague Convention of 1909, organized and pushed by Americans, called for prohibition legislation in many countries. Its impending ratification was the impetus behind the Balkan Wars that escalated into WW1. No, the war was not caused by a lone anarco-collectivist assassin. Belgium, the first battlefield, was covered in opium poppies and still is.(link) In fact, every country south of Switzerland and Austria and East of Italy–The Balkan States–produced opium for refining in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. France farmed Cochin-China (Vietnam) and England harvested India and Burma for raw materials. The U.S. imported opium from Persia. Today, the entire Mediterranean coast from Spain, down the west coast of Italy to Sicily, Greece and Cyprus are home to endemic wild opium poppies.(link) When China cut off imports in 1911, economic instability led to war which quickly raised opium prices. Developed countries with chemical industries used the drug as a self-collecting tax on colonies and primitive populations. Another detail: The movie is full of Christian and Mohammedan clergy, but acknowledges no Jews.
Herbert Hoover witnessed opium prohibition problems in China during the Opium War westerners have relabeled the Boxer Rebellion, mayhaps to liken it to a cowboys ‘n indians movie or Charleton Heston documendacity. Belgian mining and railroad corporations were everywhere in China, as were smugglers and public beheadings of addicts. Hoover was so prohibitionist he made his interpreter gulp down both their drinks while the host was not looking. So Herbert Hoover’s Republican party, now fortified with extra Klan, was dedicated to enforcing Constitutional Prohibition, whatever the cost. But sending men with guns to make trade and production illegal, like lynch mobs, were not the sort of thing polite society mentioned outside of newspaper articles and cartel-forming Convention meetings behind closed doors with inaccessible debates and records–at least as far as war-igniting drug prohibition is concerned.(link)
The Tenth Assembly of the League of Nations sat in Geneva September 2 through 25, 1929. Its Fifth Committee discussed international prohibition of non-habit-forming stimulants and addictive narcotics, records of which are diligently hidden from public inspection. In fact, only the Government of New Zealand makes ANY worthwhile documentation on the subject viewable at all.(link) There at least one becomes aware of the existence of Document A. 86 1929, with the caveat–repeated to this day–that violent prohibition agents with guns blazing are only sent charging out “for the protection of women and children.” What is certain is that United States stock market quotations reached a maximum on between the end of August and 02SEP1929, the day the Tenth Assembly began its prohibitionist dog-and-pony shows in Geneva. To Republicans this is, pick one:
(A) pure coincidence, or
(B) normal business cycles
Good Bad Book: The Rise of Herbert Hoover is one of the 1932 books examining Hoover as something other than a plaster saint.(link)
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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)