Saturday, January 17, 2009

This is actually from last week but I was in Havana when it came out. It's an excellent book and I recommend it.

On to current events, this article about the driving part of drinking and driving is related to the aforementioned book, in that Warner confirms that abstinence movements really don't work terribly well. Even the Second Great Awakening, she points out, only lasted about 30 years (max) before people grew tired of self-denial. I think there are also problems caused by abstinence movements, in that the imposition of morality on behaviour (or strict legislation prohibiting it) causes people to go into denial about their actions and, often, engage in far riskier behaviour. I think the prostitutes in Havana, who must ply their trade surreptitiously, are an excellent example. But I'll tell you more about Havana at a later time. For now, I must contend with the angry MADD people who will be at my door and in the comments section any second. I think Ryan is right - I won't read the comments. Whoops, gotta go, there's the front door.