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they did no analysis on the amount of organised crime. Or petty theft for that matter.

I think the larger picture is that effects are based on historical context. An effect I did not mention (but is very interesting) is the creation of the AA, and its seperation of normal drinkers and alcoholics. The earlier societies for curing drunks were based on a more general view of alcohol as evil, but they withered during prohibition.

I suspect that the temperance movement would have been more succesful had they not pushed for outright prohibition. They overshot and lost their support and the initiative. But that is easy to write in afterthought.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 04:31:46 PM EST
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