Image: City Abstract XV

January 17, 2015



Prohibition — A Nanny State Failure

January 17, 2015


Today is also the 95th anniversary of the start of Prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States in 1920.  For the next thirteen years, the Nanny State was forced to learn the hard way that censorious laws of this kind always fail and lead inevitably to a disregard for the law in general.

Unfortunately, the lesson was not properly digested. The prohibition on the growing, sale, and use of marijuana has gone on for a great deal longer than alcohol Prohibition, and the devastation — on users and the State in general — has eclipsed anything the gangsterism of the 1920s ever produced.  Cracks are beginning to appear as States realize the profits they can make from legal dope, but still there are hundreds of thousands of people in jail or under judicial supervision simply for smoking a natural herb.

How much longer do we have to wait for the Nanny State to wake up from its stupor and finally understand the lessons of history?

The Coup In Hawai’i

January 17, 2015

Today is the 123rd anniversary of the takeover of the Hawai’i Islands by American trading interests, overthrowing the native kingdom.

America already had a long history of violent and genocidal imperialist annexation (“Manifest Destiny”) on the mainland.  The coup in Honolulu was a logical, if long, step of the same impulse into the Pacific.