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Economic Consequences of America’s Morality Police

3 Comments 05 December 2010

There is a price to be paid for morality. Laws prohibiting alcohol, marijuana, sex and gambling which promote community morals and standards also have another effect — an economic effect. The effect is realized in two ways: the overwhelming cost of enforcement and the unrealized revenue from sales taxes.

Furthermore, prohibitions have never worked. Tell someone they cannot have something and they want it even more. Proof that prohibitions do not work is evidenced by the fact that we can’t even keep drugs out of prison. How much more secure can you get than that? Prohibition laws don’t work, they never have worked, and their enforcement costs a lot of money.

“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
~Abraham Lincoln: Speech in the Illinois House of Representatives, Dec 18, 1840.

Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.
~Don Marquis

Your Comments

3 Comments so far

  1. ashkara says:

    Let’s not forget the BILLIONS in revenue lost every year due to the criminalisation of sex work.

  2. Sandalbar says:

    Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do.

    A book by Peter McWilliams.

    Makes the case.

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