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The Argument For Sunday Alcohol Sales In Georgia

My latest Examiner.com post about Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia (one of three states which bans them).  Make sure to click on in and read it.  It’s a first in a series of Friday posts there I call the “Friday Rant”.

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5 Responses to The Argument For Sunday Alcohol Sales In Georgia

  • Nice commentary.  However, it all boils down to you last sentence:  “For those who oppose alcohol sales on Sunday, they too are have a choice – don’t buy it.”

  • I’m tempted to say that as the American cargo plane loses altitude that throwing blue laws out the door might lessen the load and prolong the time left in the air, so what the hell, get rid of them. But do they really weigh that much? Would that sort of increase in liberty really put some extra loft into the wings?

    On the other hand, the Sunday sabbath is not man’s day, but the Lord’s. So, although it’s just as easy to buy vodka on Saturday for the Sunday Falcons game, one might want to be a tad careful with what is done with the Lord’s day.

    There could be a tipping point in culture, where you can get all the booze you want on Sunday, but with zero chance you’ll make it back home from the liquor store alive because getting rid of all those “irrational” rules have just “freed” the living hell out of everybody and everything.

    As Hayek (and Burke before him) liked to point out there are a lot of things that we do because of their prior existence in culture, handed down to us, where the meaning of the cultural practice is not immediately apparent. Some of it’s useless, or outdated. Some of it, a lot of it, keeps us up out of the muck.

    Let’s have a law that allows wives to force their husbands to church on Sunday at gunpoint, where the law wraps it as a private family matter and restricts the state from interference. Now there is a nexus of liberty and culture.

    • Just so long as I can carry my bloody mary in with me.

      • In his book How the Scots Invented the Modern World, Arthur Herman writes about how incredibly pious Scottish Presbyterians were, to the point where they were hanging heretics. But the Communion wine at services was plentiful, and the congregants frequently got smashed, so there is some precedent for that. And perhaps a hidden motivator for the inner, hidden Scot, from those times.

  • Bruce;

    A suggestion for a follow-on: Look up a case involving Century Liquor in Rochester NY, during the middle 60′s. Case went to the NY Supreme Court I think.

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