“Bootlegger will continue to thrive” after Repeal

by Walter Olson on December 7, 2012

Or so at least Prohibitionists mispredicted at the time in December 1933. [Jesse Walker, Reason]


1 Chris Hoey 12.07.12 at 4:24 pm

In 1966 I represented a client in Iuka, MS at a time when the state was considering abolishing its dry laws. The air waves were engulfed with spot ads from prohibitionist ministers decrying the evils of John Barleycorn, and urging a NO vote on repeal, to a point where the 2012 election battle seems tame. Puzzled by the ability of ministers to afford this media barrage, I mentioned this to the local management, only to be told, “It’s not the minister’s money, the bootleggers are putting up the dough!”
I blush to think of my naiveté.

2 David Boaz 12.11.12 at 5:04 pm

Yes, bootleggers continued to thrive in my dry county in Kentucky. Still do, I assume, since the county’s still dry.

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