Originally Posted by adpayne
It is very easy to make the connection. Morality cannot be legislated. Prohibition of alcohol proved this beyond all doubt. The 'war on drugs' has been a complete failure. It seems we never learn from history, no matter how recent.
I see that connection and that the war on drugs is a failure, but I really don't think that was the point of "Prohibition". In other words, I don't think it was a "politically" motivated show. While drug use is rampant in the US, it pales in comparision to illegal drinking during prohibition. The only thing I heard was people quoting "you can't legislate morality" but of course you could say that about prostitution, even murder and we certainly do legislate against murder. It is immoral to kill and it is illegal to kill except in certain circumtances. It is immoral to steal but it is against the law. The show pointed out that the age of consent was 10 until some of the temperance people got it raised to 16. How is that not legislating morality. I could go on. In a way, it is sheer percentages. If 50% of the US populaton smoked pot fairly openly, they would make it legal. How could they not, it would be impossible to enforce.
That said, I agree with your points just that I don't think the show was trying to make an argument for legalizing drugs any more than it was for legalizing prostitution. Now a thinking person can certainly make that argument but then it leads to PBS is just an outlet for liberals (or libertarians on this issue) and I don't think that "Prohibition" was trying to do that.
Bottom line is I don't think the show was making that connection unless it happened in Part 3 which I have not watched. The viewer certainly may want to make that connection (or they may want to point out differences) but that is the VIEWER, not the show itself.
P.S. One of the most interesting aspects of the show was that it was the progressives who were pushing for drinking to be illegal because it was destroying the family. They also pushed for the age of consent to be raised, child labor laws and several other issues that in retrospect seem to be great steps forward.