Editor’s Note: This will be a work in progress which I will return to throughout the evening and tomorrow morning. I’ve been really enjoying studying, learning and writing and getting nostalgic about a different epoch of our history. Do you remember the time progressives tried to prohibit alcohol?
Alcoholism was a scourge in post-Civil War America. Why not simply ban the devil’s drink?
As I thought more about it, the progressive attempt to ban alcohol in the 1920s through the Eighteenth Amendment wasn’t all too different from the current progressive crusade to ban “hate” in America through putting White America in a cultural straight jacket. It hasn’t succeeded in abolishing “hate.” Instead, political correctness has only driven our discourse underground on the internet.
The progressive educated urban middle classes were the people who were behind Prohibition. They are also the constituency behind political correctness. In this case, the goal isn’t to ban a physical drink like alcohol, which was a utopian fantasy given the fact that alcohol (and its costs and benefits) has been part of our culture since ancient times. No, the current crusade against “hate” is even dumber than Prohibition because it involves forcibly deracinating Europeans and stripping them of a positive sense of identity, any sense pride in their own culture and heritage and making them jump through the hoops of a fake moral code (i.e., the -isms and the -phobias) which was concocted and spread through the mass media and by academic elites in the 20th century for the sake of abolishing tribalism, ethnocentrism and “hate” which is a normal emotion that every human being on the planet experiences.
Quite simply, the Prohibition of White people of European ancestry having a healthy sense of identity is likely the dumbest, most utopian social crusade in all of human history. But anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and take a look back at the misguided quest to extirpate alcohol. It was the product of a good thing – the virtue of temperance or moderation – taken to an unsustainable extreme.