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The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition Since 1800

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The prohibition of alcohol in the USA was a notorious fiasco.
The War on Drugs has been a deadly failure.
Bans on alternative nicotine products keep people smoking cigarettes.
Attempts to suppress legal highs result in more drugs hitting the market.
Prohibition doesn't work but the world is filled with prohibitionists. Why?

Christopher Snowdon's new history of prohibitions
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Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Little Dice (first published January 1st 2011)
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Yupa
Aug 27, 2013 Yupa rated it liked it
"ban if you can"

Il libro di Snowdon insegna che ogni proibizionismo ha una storia a sé, ma se proprio si vuole trovare una regola comune è che viene vietato ciò che non può difendersi.
Considerazioni di salute, dannosità e via dicendo non sono il principale fattore in gioco.
A parità di danno, se una pratica sociale è sufficientemente diffusa avrà buone possibilità di resistere ai tentativi di divieto, o addirittura di non suscitarne.
Ciò che è minoritario, invece, avrà la peggio.
Vige la legge del
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Robharries
Nov 16, 2011 Robharries rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Highly recommended history and analysis of prohibtionist movements and policy. Excellent with its logic, its fair analysis of history and peppered with (even for a long standing small l libertarian whos read up on this many times before) jaw dropping facts that contradict supposed 'common knowledge'.
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