The Politics of Prohibition

by Don Boudreaux on July 25, 2007

in Food and Drink, History, Myths and Fallacies, Nanny State, Politics, Regulation, Taxes

Why did the U.S. government prohibit alcohol starting in 1920?  And why did it end this ignoble "experiment" in 1933?  I have a theory.  (Hint: the reason for both the launch and the sinking of alcohol prohibition centers on tax revenue.)


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