Paglia: Nat’l Minimum Age Drinking Law is ‘cruel,’ ‘deprives young people’

Paglia: Nat’l Minimum Age Drinking Law is ‘cruel,’ ‘deprives young people’

[Ed. – Geez, lady.  It’s unconstitutional.  Why not focus on that?]

What this cruel 1984 law did is deprive young people of safe spaces where they could happily drink cheap beer, socialize, chat and flirt in a free but controlled public environment. Hence in the 1980s we immediately got the scourge of crude binge drinking at campus fraternity keg parties, cut off from the adult world. Women in that boorish free-for-all were suddenly fighting off date rape. Club drugs — ecstasy, methamphetamine, ketamine (a veterinary tranquilizer) — surged at raves for teenagers and on the gay male circuit scene.

Alcohol relaxes, facilitates interaction, inspires ideas and promotes humor and hilarity. Used in moderation, it is quickly flushed from the system, with excess punished by a hangover. But deadening pills, such as today’s massively overprescribed antidepressants, linger in body and brain and may have unrecognized long-term side effects. Those toxic chemicals, often manufactured by shadowy firms abroad, have been worrisomely present in a recent uptick of unexplained suicides and massacres. Half of the urban professional class in the U.S. seems doped on meds these days. …

I support the decriminalization of marijuana, but there are many problems with pot. From my observation, pot may be great for jazz
musicians and Beat poets, but it saps energy and willpower and can produce physiological feminization in men. …

Alcohol’s enhancement of direct face-to-face dialogue is precisely what is needed by today’s technologically agile generation, magically interconnected yet strangely isolated by social media.

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