Jennifer Lake's Blog

August 10, 2009


Filed under: JLs opinion — jenniferlake @ 8:29 pm
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One of my life’s pleasures is being regaled by stories of the past from people who lived it. The more I can help older people reduce and eliminate unecessary drugs, the more stories I get. It’s a win-win situation. A 90-yr old gentleman recently told me about growing up on a farm during Prohibition: they had a Ford Model-T truck that ran on alcohol. He said the way he learned it, the Rockefellers founded the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union to eliminate home fuel production. Indeed, Laura Spelman, JDR senior’s wife, was a co-founder of the WCTU (not listed in the wikipedia), but noted here: (and this site makes no mention of ‘fuel’ but takes up the argument against intemperance as a ‘worker efficiency’ issue).
What the general reflections on Prohibition illustrate is that it was unquestionably unenforcible from inception, which didn’t stop police actions of course. Around 1925, the drawbacks were evident and ‘this’ was allowed until 1932. Long enough to establish a gasoline-car culture. Pretty slick. Henry Ford was known for exploring alternative fuels with an emphasis on ‘soy’. In 1920, after Prohibition passed, Armand Hammer helped to get Ford a major contract manufacturing trucks for the Soviets
The Russians had always reserved the production and control of alcohol for the ‘royal purse’ except for a very brief time in the early 2oth century.
…”the Tsarist government instituted prohibition in 1914 as part of the mobilization of men and resources for World War I. The loss of such an important source of revenue during the war exacerbated Russia’s economic crises and ultimately helped spark a revolution. After the October [Bolshevik] Revolution of 1917, the state reestablished a monopoly on alcohol production, and vodka once again became the single most important source of revenue”.

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