History Repeats Itself: Prohibition and Mexico
People say that history repeats itself, the current drug wars going on in Mexico is a fantastic example of that. From 1920 until 1933 the United States Government made the manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of alcohol illegal. People love their booze, and so they still found a way to get their fix, despite the illegal nature of their habits. As a result, some of the most violent crimes ever committed were, well, committed. Gangs materialized in order to illegally sell people liquor. This seems strikingly similar to what is happening in Mexico today. Mexico controls about 70% of foreign narcotics that come into the U.S. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Drug_War). As a result, many drug producing and trafficking cartels have shown up in Mexico. Given the illegal nature of their source of income, violence is widely used in order to instill a certain sense of fear into anyone who gets in their way. This violence has also been between rival cartels, and innocent bystanders often get in the way. Prohibition was a major blow for the alcohol industry and repeal was therefore a step towards the amelioration of one sector of the economy.
Prohibition was a major blow for the alcohol industry and repeal was therefore a step towards the amelioration of one sector of the economy.