Sean Gabb: Should the State Do More to Control Alcohol?
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Sean Gabb on BBC Radio Bristol <http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiobristol/>, on Thursday the 19th July 2012, to discuss whether the British State should do more to regulate drinking.
Sean says no for these reasons:
* The ruling class and its mainstream media specialise in fabricating "problems" which always require a bigger and more empowered state to solve them. We have seen this with the global warming scam and the campaign against "passive smoking." There is no reason to believe any of the statistics put out over "alcohol abuse."
* Even assuming there is a problem, this is an effect of earlier state intervention. When public drinking in England was in small, local pubs, the generations would drink together. This allowed the young to absorb the cultural restraints of their elders. If there was disorder, it was on a small scale. Now, measures like the smoking ban, which has closed thousands of small pubs across England, and the systematic privilege given to big chains have transformed public drinking. Thousands of young men come together in big, anonymous drinking barns in city centres. The licensing laws mean they are relased all at the same time onto the streets. It is not suprising there is trouble.
* So far as one exists, this is a problem caused by the State. The best response is for the State to stand back and let individuals and voluntary collectives of individuals sort it out.
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