Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
It’s a truism of political dynamics that the party of change will always be more motivated than the party of the status quo.
The latter may have inertia on its side,
but inertia will not hold against the press of passion.
Those who want change are motivated.
Those who oppose change are seen as Luddites.
George Ade carved an appropriate epitaph for the anti-Prohibitionists in his 1931 elegy,
The Old-Time Saloon: “The Non-Drinkers had been organizing for fifty years and the Drinkers had no organization whatever.
They had been too busy drinking.”