… or he’ll start putting cyanide in the salt shakers:
Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.
Now that’s what the Prick calls a war on booze! Seriously, though, read the whole thing. It constitutes yet another chapter in the never-ending collection of reminders that the state is not your friend. As an example of how even a government whose founding principles include the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will trample all three when it thinks it in its (or, even more chillingly, your own) interest, it is pretty hard to beat.
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