On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, thus ending our nation’s failed experiment with Prohibition. Organized crime flourished during Prohibition, but what were the other effects of the national ban on alcohol?
How and why was it repealed? Michael A. Lerner, author of Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City presents the history of Prohibition, and a panel featuring Glen Whitman, Asheesh Agarwal, and Radley Balko discuss Prohibition's lasting impact- Cato Institute
Asheesh Agarwal is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice. Before that, he served as Assistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Office of Policy Planning.
Before joining Cato in 2005 as director of government affairs, Arnold served as manager of external affairs in Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich's energy office. As such, he coordinated energy policy and legislative initiatives for the agency and testified before several committees of the Maryland General Assembly.
Arnold has also worked as a senior legislative aide to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., as a policy analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy, and as a research analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Arnold holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Balko is senior editor at Reason magazine. Previously, he was a policy analyst for the Cato Institute, specializing in vice and civil liberties issues.
He writes on drug policy, police misconduct, obesity, alcohol and tobacco, and civil liberties. He also writes on trade and globalization issues and more generally on politics and culture. He is also a biweekly columnist for Fox News. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, TIME magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Reason, Worth magazine, Canada's National Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
He blogs at The Agitator, his personal weblog, and for Reason's Hit and Run. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.
Michael A. Lerner
Michael A. Lerner is Associate Dean of Studies at Bard High School Early College in New York City. He is the author of Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City.
Glen Whitman is an Associate Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge and author of Strange Brew: Alcohol and Government Monopoly.