Almost every day we are reminded of the old maxim; the more things change the more they stay the same. Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate’s liquor privatization hearings opened to testimony decrying the evils of the expansion of alcohol. Social degradation ranging from liquor dependence to increased DUI’s to an increase in teen drinking highlighted the testimony.
A brief look at how the state came to privatize the sale and distribution of wine and spirits (the uniquely Pennsylvania name for hard liquor) harkens back to the Progressive Era, the reform movement whose social goal was to make social life more moral. READ MORE »