Today is 21st Amendment Day
December 05, 2008
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the 21st amendment repealing prohibition. This was an odd chapter of American history that sought to criminalize the sale and consumption of alcohol, but inadvertently invented the contemporary notion of organized crime.  Bootlegging was a violent but profitable business that was the foundation of many crime syndicates across the US.  Prohibition didn't meet any of its social objectives, and only served to line the pockets of smugglers and speakeasy owners.

Thankfully, that folly didn't last long but serves as a useful lesson in do-good politics gone awry.  As for marking this occasion, I can't think of a better way to commemorate...

Enjoying  a Guinness at the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
tags: culture