Ken Burns: Current political climate resembles prohibition era

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 3, 2011 18:11 EDT
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Ken Burns — the creator of the recent PBS documentary series Prohibition — told Reason.TV that the current political climate in the United States is very similar to the lead up to alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s, but not because of current drug laws.

“Alcohol is used by every culture, since there have been human beings,” he said. “Drugs are a sub-cultural thing. Alcohol was something everybody did, so eliminating it required a great act of faith to take place.”

“Drugs are not favored by a majority of people, so while there are lots of similarities, and the possibility of taxing and regulating marijuana as a hugely interesting consideration, once again its unintended consequences — you have to be careful.”

“I think it is so much like our political culture at the moment, lack of civil discourse, the demonization of immigrants, smear campaigns during presidential elections, all of this single-issue campaigning, all of this stuff resonates with today.”

Watch video, courtesy of Reason.TV, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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