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MAPTalk-Digest Sunday, November 29 2009 Volume 09 : Number 118

001 US: Web: Will History Repeat Itself?
    From: Richard Lake <>
002 Re: Will History Repeat Itself?
    From: R Givens <>


Subj: 001 US: Web: Will History Repeat Itself?
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 14:57:55 -0800

Newshawk: Recent Facts
Pubdate: Fri, 27 Nov 2009
Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)
Section: Feature Article
Author: Mary Jane Borden
Note: Mary Jane Borden is a writer, artist, and activist in drug 
policy from Westerville, Ohio.  She serves as Business 
Manager/Fundraising Specialist for DrugSense.
Cited: Anti-Saloon League Museum


Will history repeat itself? Is what happened before destined to occur 
again? If so, can we hasten the outcome? History.  That amorphous 
high school course can be a great teacher, if only we heed its lessons.

Central Ohio sits in a unique position with regard to history. One 
hundred years ago, it was at the epicenter of an emerging social 
movement.  This movement conjoined women's suffrage with Protestant 
churches and the Republican Party.  A mere pledge of personal 
restraint grew to envelop America in its worldview and pose serious 
and lasting Constitutional issues.  While repeatedly repudiated as 
ineffective and corrupt, it exists in the form of the present day 
"War on Drugs." That movement was alcohol prohibition.

Westerville, the upscale suburb on the northeast side of Columbus, 
still bills itself as the "Dry Capitol of the World." Although "wet" 
voter initiatives have shrunk the actual dry area of this quiet, 
peaceful village, prohibition's roots are deeply imbedded in it. 
Westerville is the home of the Anti-Saloon League Museum located 
adjacent to the Westerville Public Library.  This historic home 
became the national headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League and its 
American Issue Publishing Company in 1909.  It houses one of the 
largest collections of prohibition-oriented literature in the world.

Consider these statistics. From 1909 to 1923, the Anti-Saloon League 
produced: 157 million copies of temperance papers, 2 million books, 5 
million pamphlets, 114 million leaflets, 2 million window placards, 
and 18 million small cards. The flow of mail was so large that 
Westerville became the smallest community in the country with a 
first-class post office.  At the height of the 1919 campaign to 
ratify the 18th Amendment outlawing alcohol, more than 40 tons of 
anti-alcohol material poured from the League's printing presses each month!

This volume of material had the familiar ring of hyperbole, 
exaggeration, and emotion used by the modern day, 
government-sponsored anti-drug media campaigns made famous by the 
Office of National Drug Control Policy and Partnership for a Drug 
Free America.  The threads that weave through drug prohibition are 
hauntingly similar to alcohol prohibition.

Yet, within ten years of their peak publishing volume, all was lost 
for the Anti-Saloon League.  Alcohol regained its legal status with 
passage of the 21st Amendment in 1933. The League faded and 
disbanded, its remnants now on display as a relic in a museum and library.

Can we do the same for the drug war?

A Prohibition ditty from the last century. Sound familiar?

Prohibition is an awful flop.

We like it.

It can't stop what it's meant to stop.

We like it.

It's left a trail of graft and slime,

It's filled our land with vice and crime,

It don't prohibit worth a dime,

Nevertheless we're for it. 


Subj: 002 Re: Will History Repeat Itself?
From: R Givens <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 05:34:57 -0800

Spanish American War hero Captain Richmond P. Hobson is sometimes 
credited with being "the father of prohibition." Racism was standard 
fare in Hobson's propaganda.

Liquor and the Red Man
Liquor promptly degenerates the red man, throws him back into 
savagery. It will promptly put a tribe on the war path.

Liquor and the Black Man
Liquor will actually make a brute out of a negro, causing him to 
commit unnatural crimes.

Liquor and the White Man
The effect is the same on the white man, though the white man being 
further evolved it takes longer time to reduce him to the same level. 
Starting young, however, it does not take a very long time to 
speedily cause a man in the forefront of civilization to pass through 
the successive stages and become semicivilized, semisavage, savage, 
and, at last, below the brute.
(see: Richmond P. Hobson Argues for Prohibition

Much of the anti-drug propaganda Harry Anslinger used was directly 
derived and expanded from the lunatic assertions previously used by 
alcohol prohibitionists.

"Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, 
step on white men's shadows and look at a white woman twice." (Hearst 
newspapers nationwide, 1934)

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are 
Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, 
jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana can cause 
white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and 
any others."

"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the 
degenerate races"
- - Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger, 1930

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, 
criminality and death."

"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."

"[Smoking] one [marihuana] cigarette might develop a homicidal mania, 
probably to kill his brother." (see US Government Propaganda To 
Outlaw Marijuana -

R Givens
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