Over 100 Years Later, Progressive Logic for Prohibition Being Used to Promote Action on Climate Change

Over 100 Years Later, Progressive Logic for Prohibition Being Used to Promote Action on Climate Change

Today at All American Blogger, I wrote about the 80 year anniversary of the freedom movement’s victory over progressivism when Prohibition was repealed.

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While it was overturned 80 years ago, the movement started way back in the 1800s.

In my article, I quote two people. Historian William O’Neill and progressive advocate for Prohibition, James A. Timberlake.

Here they are:

Historian William O’Neill said “among middle-class people in the progressive era, no cause was more respectable or ardently fought for” than prohibition. He also said, “Prohibition was typically progressive in that it was based on scientific premises, advanced in an organized and efficient manner, shrouded in moral hyperbole and expected to produce fantastic results.”

One of the more ardent advocates of Prohibition was progressive James H. Timberlake, who wrote a book called “Prohibition and the Progressive Movement.”

Timberlake wrote:

“The moral idealism of Wilsonian progressivism, the growing cult of efficiency and the intense absorption in material progress, the widening knowledge of the scientific case against moderate drinking and the increasing public hostility to the liquor interests, all gave prohibition added momentum.”

Now I want you to read that again, only pretend they aren’t talking about Prohibition. : Instead, they are talking about Global Warming or Climate Change or whatever they are calling it this week.

It’s the same argument progressives are making today.

“…it was based on scientific premises…” equals “we have a scientific consensus.”

“public hostility to liquor interests” is the same as public hostility to “Big Oil.”

The gospel of the Church of Global warming is certainly “advanced in an organized and efficient manner” and “shrouded in moral hyperbole.”

And, of course, switching from oil and coal to windmills and solar is “expected to produce fantastic results.”

It’s the same old recycled logic, only instead of taking your booze, they want to take your SUV…and your steak…and control of your thermostat.

There’s nothing new in progressivism. : It’s the same old ideas presented under a different banner.

There’s no reason to think it will result in anything this time around except yet another spectacular failure.

Duane Lester

Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.

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