Adam Smith - Wealth Of Nations - 'Mind Altering Substances Are Necessary for Societies'Submitted by chris cudnoski on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 00:00
I'm just listening to my Knowledge Products audio tape set on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. Just got to the part where he explains how alcohol and other mood altering substances are necessary for the healthy functioning of a polite society.
'Professor Smith feels so strongly about this subject (of price controls) that he even attacks the high prices caused by taxes on beer and liquor. Such taxes, we must remember, were defended in the 18th century as a means to control the drinking habits of the lower classes. High prices made it difficult for the poor to indulge in the same habits as their more affluent countrymen.'
"Strong liquors are almost a necessary in every nation. Man is a careful animal, has many wants and necessities. And is in continual care and anxiety for his support. This he provides in some shape by laws and government, which protect everyone and make their livelihood easier come at.
"Strong liquors are an expedient to the same purpose."