“Intoxicating Liquors”: How the Volstead Act led to Prohibition corruption

Put away your lagers, your cocktail shakers, and your martini glasses. Prohibition is now in effect. On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified. After decades of steadily growing in its political influence, the temperance movement had succeeded in prohibiting the sale, manufacture, and transportation of “intoxicating liquors” throughout the United […]

The historical connection between Prohibition, guns, and drugs

In recent weeks, the United States has witnessed two parallel narratives unfolding over the contest between freedom and regulation in American society. On November 6, two states–Washington and Colorado–passed voter referendums decriminalizing recreational marijuana use in the face of federal policy that dictates otherwise. And on December 14, a young man walked into a Connecticut […]