Sala B/Ghiță Ionescu (8, Spiru Haret), November 19th, 12:00
The Political Science Club (formerly known as The SPE Nation Club) continues its series of events with a new concept: “Drugs, Sex, and Politics”. Inspired from the cliché idiom that designates the decadent and dionysiac lifestyle and bringing to the attention political events and phenomena, the series is intended to showcase the darker side of politics and policies.
On November 19th 2014, we will talk about alcohol and the two most important cases cases when it was prohibited in the 20th century: the Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution (1919) and the anti-alcohol campaign of Mikhail Gorbachev from The USSR (1985). The footage displayed consists of US and Soviet propaganda from the respective eras, but also movements that took place against the reforms. In hindsight, we will look at the effect that the prohibition of alcohol has caused on a political and economic level – from the rise of the illegal factions that bootlegged alcohol, and all the way through to the governmental financial losses.
Join us throughout the two hours and present your point of view – Should the government intervene in the citizens’ vices of choice? What are the pros and cons of intervention and how can the polity survive and maintain its legitimacy in each scenario?
The Political Science Club, an initiative of the FSPUB students from the English language study programmes. All the students are welcome at the Club’s public events.