I wish I had the cover as an illustration to start out with. None to be found on the Net.
“But what are the conditions which we find today, not only with regard to intoxicating liquor, but with regard to tobacco, coffee, candy and the stocking women shall wear? Men pretending to be enforcement officers have invaded homes without warrants thousands of times. The constitutional guarantee against search and seizure has been trampled upon. Citizens have been stopped upon the public highway and submitted to outrageous search. Enforcement officers have turned highwaymen. They have forced their way into houses of citizens and taken property. And even when dealing with women and children the ready pistol is always flourished. Every so often the enforcement authorities hold up their hands in horror and proclaim that so many enforcement officers, in the performance of their legal duties, have been killed, but a discreet silence is maintained as to the numbers of citizens, women as well as men, whom these officers kill yearly, monthly, weekly and daily.”
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
As a purely academic proposition, I was not disposed to deny that the Reform cult had much in its favor. If liquor were a bad thing it was best to prohibit it; so also with tobacco, meat and other things innumerable now under the ban. It was further sound academically that those unable to resist temptation should be guarded therefrom.
But it was also very evident that the whole experiment, the first time that any such experiment had been carried out on one hundred million people, was an absolute failure. It ran contrary to human nature, for even the average being must learn to depend on himself. The man who is good only because he has never had the opportunity to be bad is not after all very good, for he will generally fall the first time he is tempted and it is not humanly possible to preclude such a contingency. In the second place, the government had wholly abandoned the spirit of the law and paid heed only to the letter. Furthermore, there was absolutely no doubt that corruption was rife, permeating the whole government organization, and that whether a man must keep or break the law depended almost wholly on how much money he had. The rich could always obtain immunity by bribery, but the laborer’s beer was gone.