Essay Archive - Commercial Vices
The commercial vices are gambling, prostitution, and drugs. The appeals
of the commercial vices are so strong and widespread that attempts to prohibit
them in western countries have always failed.
The evils of these vices are threefold: Those who practice
them suffer, the criminals who sell them prosper, and the
enforcement organizations are expensive, unsuccessful, and often corrupt.
Two commercial vices have been accepted as unstoppable, but
there evils have been minimized by legalization and regulation. These are
the particular drug, alcohol, and gambling. Ethyl alcohol, the drug in beer,
whiskey, and wine....