It would have to be Prohibition.
Not just the alcohol prohibition of the 20’s which is what people think of when you say, “prohibition” but the whole idea that some things are bad and should be illegal.
The problem is that things are neither good nor bad, they just are. The way they are used by people may be good or bad, but that’s an action not a thing.
People’s actions are the proper area for law enforcement, not things.
Yes, Alcohol prohibition was a disaster. The War on
Some Drugs has been a complete failure at it’s purported goal. But beyond that the whole concept behind prohibition is fatally flawed. The idea that a particular thing has no or limited good use and should be illegal is just flat out wrong.
Show me ANY thing that is illegal and I can show multiple good uses. The fact that something MIGHT be used for bad is just prior restraint, something we don’t like when applied to speech.
When you outlaw things you wind up with crazy laws. Shotgun barrels under 18 inches are illegal and possession of one is a felony. Unless you paid a tax.
18 1/4 inches OK. 17 3/4 inches, felony. (Again, unless a tax is paid)
So, that missing 1/2 inch of metal that is so horrible, so heinous that it deserves a felony conviction is perfectly OK if I pay a tax on it first.
Can we institute a murder tax too? After all, if paying a tax makes felonies ok then why not issue tax stamps for murder? Everyone has a better off dead list, wouldn’t it be nice to just pay a tax and get to work?
Oh, but murder is immoral. :/
OK, so 1/2 inch of metal is immoral too? No? :/
Or how about all you Dave Ramsey fans, carrying around your envelopes of cash. You are all suspected drug dealers and your cash can be confiscated unless you can prove in court that you came by it honestly. They actually arrest your money. Not you, you’re free to go. Can’t prove YOU did anything but your money is pure evil and must be locked up in the city’s bank account for it’s own good.
Laws against things never work out. You can’t stop people from getting the things they want and you only make problems worse by making a thing illegal.
Let’s get back to policing behavior and not things, M’kay?