Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.This cartoon is intended to show that Uncle Sam helped illegal trade in alcohol by passing a law during the worst time in the nation's history. The law had unintended consequences of changing incentives in such a way as to enrich illegal distribution of alcohol. The PBS series, directed by Ken Burns, shows that the effects of the law were so perverse that law-abiding citizens became law breakers. My intent in writing this post is to show how social forces can change human behavior. How people behave is economics.
What side of prohibition would you have been on? Why? You can find out when you discover your avatar on the PBS home page.
What is true, in my opinion, is that a law affects everyone differently. How can issues of gun control, abortion, legalization of marijuana, and mercy killing be any different?