Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
William Howard Taft, serving as a professor of law at Yale during the interval between his presidency and his eventual appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, “The business of manufacturing alcohol, liquor and beer will go out of the hands of law-abiding members of the community, and will be transferred to the quasi criminal class.”
The only ill-chosen word in that sentence was “quasi.”
You wonder if those who fought for Prohibition realized how they were going to help build and finance the large criminal organizations that profited from bootlegging.