Thursday, May 13, 2010

from a not-so-farflung correspondent

1 comment:

  1. I heard on NPR, from Daniel Okrent, author of a new book on the history of Prohibition, that the temperance movement was largely a stand-in movement for some other issues that WASP Americans felt threatened by--the black vote, among others. I'd never have guessed that, but he makes a pretty good case. Context is all.

    Okrent says, "Just the same way today I think we can say same-sex marriage is a stand-in issue. If you tell me what you think of same-sex marriage, I can probably tell you what you think about 10 other things."