“This tyrannical infantilizing of young Americans must stop”

by Walter Olson on April 24, 2014

“The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.” — Camille Paglia in Time on why the national minimum drinking age law “must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust.” Related: “A drinking age of 21 infantilizes adults who are otherwise able to serve in the military, marry without permission, enter into business contracts, buy tobacco, vote and run for public office. It forces college administrators to be babysitters rather than educators. And it doesn’t achieve its stated goals.” ["ABC debacle should stir debate on Virginia’s drinking age," Rick Sincere, Richmond Times-Dispatch] Earlier here, here, here, etc. Plus: Relevant political thoughts from Glenn Reynolds last year.

Related, if distantly: study in Britain finds liberalization of bar closing hours associated with decline in traffic accidents [Jeffrey Miron, Cato]

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1 Jim Collins 04.24.14 at 2:48 pm

I always thought it BS that the reason for the 21 drinking age was that you were not responsible enough to handle alcohol until you were 21. You have all of the responsibilities of an adult at 18. Actually you have them earlier than that. Just with in the area that I live, we have had a 13 year old, tried as an adult for shooting his step mother and that student who stabbed his classmates in Murrysville will be tried as an adult.

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