Prohibition-era US Government Killed 10,000 People By Poisoning Alcohol?

That may sound crazy, but Deborah Blum of Slate has done her homework:



Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.


While shocking at first glance, why should this piece surprise us? The state is willing to slaughter and maim innocents overseas to achieve its “grand vision.” Do you really think Americans — if they can get away with it — are off-limits?

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