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Over one hundred years ago, as it is also true this day, many people living outside the borders of the United States had a laugh, from time-to-time, concerning America's commonly held belief that they are an idealistic people whose motives are not always driven by self-interest; this is a broad topic and sound arguments can be made on both sides as to whether it is true or not (one hopes that a larger website will devote some space to this debate). The British thinker Bertrand Russel (1872 - 1970; Nobel Prize for Literature 1950) had some thoughts on the matter and in an address made to a number of assembled Americans he submitted that, in his view, Prohibition was not a 'noble experiment' which sought to inspire all Americans to lead a righteous life, but rather a gross perversion of Christian doctrine.

In 1933, when Prohibition had run its course, Bertrand Russel had this to say...

Bertrand Russell was astounded by one of his observations in 1922, click here read about this surprise...


Prohibition:  A Product of American Idealism (Literary Digest, 1922)

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