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Fanatical Prohibitionists

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Stephen Leacock, "The Tyranny of Prohibition," The Social Criticism of Stephen Leacock, ed. Alan Bowker (U of Toronto Press, 1973) 65.

"Thus in the matter of real rule the politician is nowhere. His only aim is to give the public what the public wants or at least what the public seems to ask for. And the politician has heard apparently only a single voice. On the one hand were the prohibitionists – articulate, strident, fanatical, highly organized, amply supplied with money, with the name of religion upon their lips, ready at a moment’s notice to lash themselves into a fit of hysteria, and to attack with overwhelming force the personal fortunes and the political position of anyone who should dare to oppose them. On the other side was the general public, the vast majority of whom were, and are, opposed to national prohibition, but among whom no individual, or at best only one or two in thousands, was prepared to take the risk of open opposition to the relentless and fanatical minority."


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