The Moral Panic Continues

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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Scott
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    I don’t think it is moral panic so much as the liberal mommy statism. Mommy always knows best for her children just like SF and their Happy Meal ban.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki in reply to Scott
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      I’m inclined to stay with the moral panic angle. I find the invocation of “our children” particularly revealing. Here, I’d thought alcohol was only sold to adults 21 and over, and charges to the contrary clearly aren’t what this issue is about.

      Either a 21-year-old is an adult, or he’s a child. The answer can’t be whatever suits your side in the debate of the moment.Report

      • Avatar Aaron W in reply to Jason Kuznicki
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        @Jason Kaznicki: Well, the way this is going anyone under 30 is still a child, apparently. We’ll have to create a new class of citizens for young adults besides just ‘adults’ and ‘minors’… Yadults? Y’Dolts? Any ideas on a name?

        @Scott: Thankfully Gavin Newsom vetoed that ban, but he’s running off to the Lt. Governor’s office at the end of the year…Report

      • Avatar ThatPirateGuy in reply to Jason Kuznicki
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        All I can say is I’m glad that this moral panic isn’t going to ruin as many lives as the secret satanic abuse/cult one did.

        Damning with faint praise and all that.Report

  2. Avatar MFarmer
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    It’s a liberal who’s morally panicking.Report

  3. Avatar D.A. Ridgely
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    “Parents should be able to rest a little easier knowing that soon their children won’t have access to this deadly brew.”

    That Chuck Schumer! Such a card!Report

  4. Avatar Matty
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    So when will you be reinstating the 18th ammendment?Report

  5. Avatar Will
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    League Public Service Announcement –

    There is now a “Four Lokator Map” that tracks legislation banning or restricting Four Loko:

    http://fourlokostories.com/lokator

    Anyone who has used the accompanying site to post his or her Four Loko story is encouraged to reproduce them here, at no extra charge.Report

  6. Avatar Rufus
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    I’ve never entirely understood the undergrad fad for combining vodka and Red Bull, but what’s funniest about this law is that people have been mixing stuff like that, on their own, for years- and long before Four Loko- and will continue to do so without problem. It’s not like they’re making one substance illegal; they’re saying that two substances are perfectly legal until you mix them together- although, actually, that’s legal too, provided you don’t sell it. So, I suppose you could just ask for the bartender to give you a rum and a coke and please look away.Report

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