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Hypocritical 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) 65-66.

"Moreover, it has to be acknowledged that there are throughout the United States and Canada great numbers of people who are strongly in favor of prohibition for everybody except themselves. The South went dry by the vote of the whites who proposed to keep drink away from the blacks, not for the sake of their souls, but in order to get more work out of them. The manufacturer voted his employees dry with the same expectation, proposing for himself to remain 'wet.' The shopkeepers of the towns voted the farmers dry, so as to get more money in trade. The farmers who live in the country where it is dark and silent, helped to vote the cities into dryness as a spite against their lights and gayety."

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