Well the vaping “crisis” is still ongoing, as is the sheer stupidity of the government and society-as-a-whole’s response demanding that “somebody do something!” and “won’t someone think of the children???”
Jason starts us off by making the important comparisons to the 18th Amendment and prohibition, and why the failures of that prohibition should warn us of trying future prohibitions. He also gives perhaps the greatest, snarkiest rant yet heard on this podcast. Meanwhile, Austin talks about the dangers of prohibition being used to assuage moral panics or indulge peoples’ fears, because of how such bad uses of laws lead to a lessened respect for the law in general, as well as the importance of remembering that laws are always enforced with violence, and if you aren’t willing to see someone killed over a law, you probably shouldn’t support it. Aaron talks a little bit about the psychological impossibility of top-down, governmental solutions actually leading to social change.
Themesong by Nathan Keightley
Rare’s Jacob Grier writing about the vaping panic, as well as pointing out previous moral-panic based legislation and how it has utterly failed: https://reason.com/2019/10/14/the-vaping-crisis-is-a-moral-panic-led-by-anti-smoking-crusaders/?fbclid=IwAR3l9tdyGZjntLvNSWnhND2fcFaSA96Y-xR_u15NuL-2-3qAXNc4lLpnFCc
The Washington Times’ piece on the “crisis,” and how the causes are totally unrelated to the supposed “fixes” proposed by government: https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/oct/13/outbreak-of-vaping-related-lung-injuries-linked-to/