Quote: Prohibition was a great jobs program


Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Page: 137

It was as if the willingness to accept a meager salary (equivalent to slightly more than $20,000 in 2009 guaranteed you the lucky number in a fabulous sweepstakes.
The universal prize: a piece of the millions upon millions of dollars in bribes and blackmail that even a moderately adept agent could extract from the lawbreakers operation within his jurisdiction.

In trying to remove the temptation to drink, they introduced other vices without succeeding at the first.

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