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Ninety-eight 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.

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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