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Old 07-08-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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How do the bootleggers of the prohibition era differ from the drug dealers of today?
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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How do the bootleggers of the prohibition era differ from the drug dealers of today?
Well for one thing they were largely Italians, Irish, Jews, Poles and Germans. Know what I mean?
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:05 PM
 
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They even are different than in the 60's. Cocaine use to be the rich mans drug;marijuana and heroin the poor mans drug. Now we have crack based on cocaine and meth and others coming out all the time. Heroin users could buildup and then go cold turkey. crack amd meth are not like that and people either crash or die.Don't get me wrong alcohol is responsible for the failure of alot of people. They all limit the potentail of people ;even marijuana in many cases.
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:00 PM
 
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Well for one thing they were largely Italians, Irish, Jews, Poles and Germans. Know what I mean?
Don't forget the black bootleggers

So Irishtom what are they today
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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They are manufacturers of strongly marketable products operating behind strict prohibition and/or tariff walls. This is a quite profitable business even if morally reprehensible. Since when has morality stopped business? The previous bootleggers just switched product to meet market demand.
We have lost the “war on drugs” and should legalize, regulate, and tax enough to provide money for the rehabilitation of the addicts but not high enough to restart the smuggling.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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Well for one thing they were largely Italians, Irish, Jews, Poles and Germans. Know what I mean?
No I donít! I think in the South they were not Italian, Jews, Poles or Blacks any more than they were just WASP. Bootlegging was a main stay in Western NC well into the 1960ís due to the religious restrictions which opened a marketing slot for drinkers and thus gave jobs to the bootleggers.
I remember one horse back trail ride trip where we road up on a still. I returned within hours with a camera, to find it was gone. That was in the mid 60ís.
In coastal NC bootlegging was common. Everyone knew about it, and many bought from their favorite bootlegger. Race, religion, nor national origin had anything to do with who that bootlegger might be.
I think it was the classic example of society not accepting the religious mandate to not drink, and government not keeping with the basic rule of separation of Church and State out of laws. Something we need to readdress again in our time.
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:34 AM
 
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How do the bootleggers of the prohibition era differ from the drug dealers of today?
They probably only differ in color and nothing more.

Without drugs and alcohol being illegal, organized crime really wouldn't exist. Illegal drugs is the backbone of all organized crime.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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The bootleggers had better taste in music and cars.
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:17 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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How do the bootleggers of the prohibition era differ from the drug dealers of today?
There is no difference. They are stupid criminals. A 1930s bootlegger is no different than a 2008 meth dealer who is no different than a 2000 crack dealer. THEY ARE ALL THE SAME.
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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The bootleggers had better taste in music and cars.
Sure they did seeing that they didn't have too many to choose from
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