The temperance movement is alive and well

For-your-own-good crusaders learned their lesson in the 1930s: Bans don’t work. They serve only to arouse that part of the American psyche that rankles at the thought of being told you can’t have something. If you truly want to prevent consumer access to something, you must first convince them it is evil so that they become reluctant to come to its defense. Then you slowly squeeze the product out of the market through taxation and restrictions on sales and advertising. We’ve come a long way from the days of Demon Rum. Today’s do-gooders’ favorite tactic is to label something as “unhealthy.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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