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Another Voice in the “Amethyst” Debate

Collin Levy of the Wall Street Journal contributes this piece taking a positive view of the initiative to lower the drinking age.

As I have been arguing for decades, people tend to overestimate the benefits of governmental policies and to underestimate their costs. I think that is the case here. I doubt that much if any harmful drinking is prevented by the prohibition against drinking by people under the age of 21; on the other hand, by making it illegal, young people are prone to see the illegal act as something of a crossing of the Rubicon. Once you’ve gone over the line, you might as well go all the way.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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