Toward Liquor Control — John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Excerpts from his Foreword to the book by Fosdick and Scott:

I was born a teetotaler and I have been a teetotaler on principle all my life.  It is my earnest conviction that total abstinence is the wisest, best, and safest position for both the individual and society.  In the attempt to bring about total abstinence through prohibition an evil even greater than intemperance resulted – namely, a nation-wide disregard for law.
Only as the profit motive is eliminated is there any hope of controlling the liquor traffic in the interest of a decent society.

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In 2013, living in a liquor monopoly state and having lived elsewhere half my life before 40, I can’t find a more appealing and unifying issue than liquor control.  I can’t understand why Washington State abandoned it, so I’m figuring some economic extremists will take a run at it here in North Carolina.  With all the disharmony here, I’m looking for an issue where I can agree with Brother Rockefeller’s fellow Baptist believers, and liquor control looks like a start.

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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