My review of Prohibition

prohibitionThe highly-rated Ken Burns series on alcohol prohibition has arrived on Amazon Prime and Netflix and comes complete with all the signature Burns moves: Peter Coyote narration, tinkling piano solos, and long, slow pull-outs from historic photos.

Especially fascinating are the roots of this social movement to ban alcohol, which seems to have emanated from some of the same propaganda forces that involved an earlier wedge issue: anti-slavery.

One of the earliest boosters of prohibition, in fact, was the once-powerful Ku Klux Klan, an Illuminati cut-out, no doubt, just like many other radical right and left wing social movements that reach great heights. (If they don’t start as cut-outs, it only stands to reason they will be penetrated by Illuminati operatives and soon taken over from within).

alnucky_frame1There’s a tremendous amount of detail on Al Capone, but nary a word on Nucky Johnson?! Since Johnson was the Republican Party kingmaker and also host of that infamous council that created the truce in the bootlegging business (see photo left, with Scar Face in black arm-in-arm with the appropriately white-suited Nucky, who’s absence from this documentary is particularly strange). However, one of the weirdest details of this meeting comes from Pete Hamill, who points out someone pulled out a map of the Federal Reserve Banking system to draw up the territory lines!

I’m thinking, “why would they want to use a map of the Federal Reserve districts, unless, maybe, some Illuminati agent from the Fed is also attending this meeting and the banking rights for each operation is going to be handled accordingly? Actually, I don’t believe anyone uses the name “Illuminati,” (the Bonesmen refer to their organization as “the Order”), but I do think there’s an intense concentration of power sucking up a greater share of resources every year, leaving the rest of us with less and less.

The concept of prohibition seemed unthinkable after the Civil War because the government was running almost entirely on beer taxes. It was only after income tax was introduced that alcohol could be banned, and the income tax was pushed as the solution to the saloon problem. Don’t you wish you could forgo income taxes and instead pay tax on additive drugs, all of which would have to be made legal for adults in order to raise the trillions needed? What a boost that would make for sobriety.

Right after alcohol prohibition fell apart (it was never really seriously enforced anyway, but milked for bribes that reached the highest levels of politics), marijuana prohibition was rolled out and put into motion. This one was really enforced, however, starting with locking up the jazz musicians and continuing with the harshest set of laws ever enacted. Strange that this op went down so easy because most of the arguments against alcohol prohibition could have easily been re-applied to cannabis, a reality some people only seem to be reaching today.

Which is why I find it so strange that Nucky Johnson, William Randolph Hearst, and marijuana receive zero coverage in this documentary, but then Burns did a history of jazz that barely mentioned cannabis and he seems to work as a propagandist for the Rockefeller Trust sometimes, and what more can you expect from PBS anyway? History will always be written by the winners, and if you want to ignore the probability some wars and wedge issues are being managed and milked for profit, then you probably will sleep better at night anyway, and who cares if it’s all a carefully constructed fantasy to hide the corrupt truth about our system when we can just sit back and watch the reviews on the MTV Awards and discuss how Miley upstaged Gaga by flashing her booty?

Author: Steven Hager

I'm a writer, journalist, filmmaker and event producer.

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