Prohibitionism


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Prohibitionism

The legal philosophy that the best way to reduce unwanted actions is to ban them. For example, a prohibitionist may believe that the best way to end smoking is to forbid the possession or sale of tobacco. The effectiveness of prohibitionism is highly controversial.
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Soft prohibitionism, precisely because of its "softness," is farther on the continuum from prohibitionism than is critical exceptionalism.
Our interview data suggest that prohibitionism does not adequately resolve the agonising dilemmas which health workers face in terminal care.
Palmer, Working-Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991 (Toronto 1992), 102-7; Graeme Decarie, "Something Old, Something New ...: Aspects of Prohibitionism in Ontario in the 1890s," in Donald Swainson, ed., Oliver Mowat's Ontario (Toronto 1972), 158.
Again, there is great scope and variety illustrated by the following examples: an assessment of the Ben Johnson doping scandal as a moral panic comparable to illicit drug panics (Blackwell, 1991); a landmark study of marijuana decriminalization showing that rates of use did not climb more rapidly in states that decriminalized compared to states that did not (Single, 1991); a novel integration of legalization and health promotion (Beauchesne, 1992); an overview of Canada's Drug Strategy demonstrating that the original goal of shifting the balance from supply side enforcement to demand side approaches of treatment and rehabilitation was displaced by allegiance to prohibitionism (Erickson, 1992).
He attributes the official lack of enthusiasm for prohibitionism to the fact that alcohol was such an important contributor to state revenues.
Like regulation and prohibitionism, tolerance is always discriminatory.
After a brief, stage-setting account of Jacksonian populism, Kazin moves to the People's Party, labor movements at the turn of the century, prohibitionism, Father Coughlin, the C.I.O., McCarthyism, the New Left, George Wallace, Nixon and Reagan.
Advocate of child labor legislation and enemy of evolution, champion of pacifism and prohibitionism, feminist and fundamentalist, Bryan embodied the paradox of economic progressivism and moral traditionalism, of protest and piety, that shaped gospel populism.
Restrictive contemporary policies concerning alcohol and other drugs have fueled speculation that the United States and Canada have entered a "new temperance era" (e.g., Ely, 1984; Mitchell, 1992) or a period of "prohibitionism" (Lichtman, 1980; Erickson, 1992; Hochstein, 1993).
The perceived need for widespread sobriety within the working class did not result in a great wave of working-class prohibitionism, though such sentiments did appear.
Review Essay/Temperance Ideology and Sociological Denial: Prohibitionism in Drug Policy Discourse
Even if one sets aside the comprehensive physical and metaphysical prohibitionism that underlies this phrase - though why should one set it aside?