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This notion that history repeats itself is useless. No event is exactly like any previous event. Furthermore, we suffer from a confirmation bias. This means that we tend to look for evidence that supports what we already believe instead of evidence that might refute our beliefs. Take any policy...

On the subject of Prohibition in the United States I strongly recommend Daniel Okrent's The Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. It does a great job bringing out the larger context of the temperance movement's rise within nineteenth century Evangelical circles and the odd alliance it managed...