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    not too long ago there was many parts of the US that were much like this. Faith healers, or other snake oil salesmen posing are religious visionaries, were far more profitable that more honest work, like farming, Just ask the LDS church founder Joseph Smith Jr., After he failed as a farmer, he had to come up with a fail back position. So he wrote a book , declared himself a prophet and started him own church to support him so he'd never have to work a day in his life again.  

    Another funny bit of American libertarian history: do you know what was one of the major catalyst in the late 18th century/early 19th century to move the Midwest and Western parts of the US away from the free range libertarianism it had been enjoying? An epidemic of drug addiction. Yep. Americans couldn't stomach all the stories of Midwest housewives nodding off on mail-order heroin and morphine and demanded something be done. So some of our first anti-drug legislation got passed, with Prohibition soon to follow, and the Wild West was never the same.  

    -8.50, -7.64 Autism Speaks does not speak for me. I can speak for myself. I am a person, not a disease. I want to be respected, not "cured."

    by croyal on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 05:14:18 PM PDT

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      is that people like us are responsible.  We really thought we could make things better removing all these sources of criminal mischief, greed, and (in the case of alcohol) rampant domestic violence.  Still, at least we tried, and at least we learned from our mistakes.  The right, unfortunately, learned something quite different - that prohibition of vice is a ready means to ratchet up the police state, ergo the inception of the War on Drugs a generation later.

      Liberty, Equality, Opportunity.

      by Troubadour on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 05:20:36 AM PDT

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