April 30, 2003
Carrie Nation Lives
From the Department of People Who Want to Stop Everybody's Fun Because "Somebody Might Get Hurt" comes this article on the "Neo-Prohibition Campaign." Ith over at A Gaggle of Gals (and one Guy) has three posts on it, here, here, and here, so I'll just make my standard smartass quips and suggest you move on to the site.
Like so many Helpists, the anti-boozers aren't satisfied with their actions against drunk drivers and other obvious scourges; they have now decided to attack a larger foe, which is, of course, the alcohol industry, and "drinking culture" as a whole. Of course, the idea that liquor is the Devil's brew is at least as old as the oldest brewery, and when the first hunter and gatherers were giggling around the campfire after eating fermented berries there was probably at least one sourpuss per group who refused to imbibe, preferring instead to sit on the sidelines shaking his head and mumbling disapprovingly. But it looks as if the successes of the anti-tobacco brigade, who have made the air of New York City's outside unbreathable because of their dislike of smokefilled rooms, have encouraged these new puritans to start sharpening their axes. There's no thrill for a certain type of person like the thrill of taking a pleasure away from the populace, "for their own good," of course. Quite frankly, it makes me want to have a drink or three.
Posted by Andrea Harris at April 30, 2003 10:49 PM
I just got a nice Australian shiraz. May I pour you a glass?
Unfortunately, the do-gooder impulse to never stop interfering is reinforced by the inevitable missione creep that occurs in every organization. MADD has actually achieved all of its original goals, but heaven forfend that it announce victory and send everybody home. Far more important to keep the contributions coming in, the staff employed, the leaders swanning about with craven politicos, so they simply move on from .10, to .08, to raising the drinking age, to now, finally, a blessedly open-ended fight against "the drinking culture." Feh. These people disgust me.
While the Do-Gooders-For-Hire focus on ever fatter and more ambiguous targets -- rice bowls, friends, rice bowls! -- the rest of us have largely forgotten how to disapprove without condemning or banning the thing disapproved. Be it intoxication, smoking, risky sex, or anything else included under the canopy of "vice," it's always a fault in the condemner that he can't make his point persuasively enough to convince others without sticking a gun in their ribs. Of course, it's an even worse fault when he resorts to the gun... but that's a larger and more contentious subject.
Did you ever get to try the Rosemount, Andrea?
They'll take away my Black Butte Porter when they pry it out of my cold, dead hands!!
They have Rosemount in my local grocery store. I just have been having a sinus attack for the past few days, and I avoid drinking then since it makes my sinuses worse.
Doh!! I didn't get very far. Found this quote early in the first article...
Over the past 10 years, this blueprint has been refined. Increased taxes, omnipresent roadblocks, and a near total elimination of alcohol marketing are just a few of the tactics the RWJF now employs...
Total elimination of alcohol marketing?! Wow! Good luck! Guess they have a ways to go, huh! Wonder what they'll do about Budweiser, official beverage of the SuperBowl?!