The United States has weathered and survived a revolution, a civil war, two world wars, one cold war, economic depressions, and the perils of a government too often paralyzed in gridlock because of the extreme polarization of its politics. Yet, unintended dangers to the nation have also arisen as consequences of profoundly misguided actions by its government. During the 20th century, despite laws and policies that discriminated on the basis of sex, race or political involvement, I would argue that the single most destructive piece of legislation was the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol.

The 18th Amendment produced widespread contempt and disregard for the law by providing the reason and rationale for a majority of Americans to willfully break and circumvent it, consuming in huge quantities alcoholic beverages that had been declared illegal. The 18th Amendment became the godfather for organized crime and racketeering.

“Bootleg booze,” speak easies and night clubs prospered in spite of the ban. With surging demand made more so by the bans on drinking, criminal organizations gained vast fortunes, becoming engrained in American social fabric and later expanding into drugs, gambling, prostitution and other illegal activities. Because breaking the law was socially acceptable for so many citizens, the authority of the state was demeaned, disrespected and eroded. The effects were cultural, psychological and irreversible.

The United States has weathered and survived a revolution, a civil war, two world wars, one cold war, economic depressions, and the perils of a government too often paralyzed in gridlock because of the extreme polarization of its politics. Yet, unintended dangers to the nation have also arisen as consequences of profoundly misguided actions by its government. During the 20th century, despite laws and policies that discriminated on the basis of sex, race or political involvement, I would argue that the single most destructive piece of legislation was the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol.

The 18th Amendment produced widespread contempt and disregard for the law by providing the reason and rationale for a majority of Americans to willfully break and circumvent it, consuming in huge quantities alcoholic beverages that had been declared illegal. The 18th Amendment became the godfather for organized crime and racketeering.

“Bootleg booze,” speak easies and night clubs prospered in spite of the ban. With surging demand made more so by the bans on drinking, criminal organizations gained vast fortunes, becoming engrained in American social fabric and later expanding into drugs, gambling, prostitution and other illegal activities. Because breaking the law was socially acceptable for so many citizens, the authority of the state was demeaned, disrespected and eroded. The effects were cultural, psychological and irreversible.

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