I’m deeply conflicted about Prohibition

I’m against the Volstead Act (U.S. alcohol prohibition) and believe that it led to the rise of the Mafia.

But what about the Mexican Drug War? There are over 50,000 dead and a half dozen major crime families have been established. Should we — or the Mexicans — give up? Or is it too late for that? Should the drugs be legalized?

I don’t like legal gambling. But now that it’s mostly legal, are things better? Worse? Or maybe legalized gambling is neither better nor worse for society than illegal gambling — except for saving us the high cost of enforcement.

I like Bloomberg’s efforts to reduce illegal handguns in New York City. But maybe that’s just another form of prohibition and will lead to violent gangs devoted to gun running.

I invite our reader to weigh in on this . . .

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