"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Liquor reform as modernizing

Well, okay.

The state-operated systems so many states – including the three in the Northwest – use are cumbersome and seem simply unnecessary. They’ve functioned well enough, though, that there’s been not a lot of public outcry for revising them – regulating liquor but turning over sales and distribution to private companies.

How best to wrap up a case for that? The operating narrative of the Washington state group planning to give it a try via initiative is to argue that what’s being proposed is a modernizing of the system. (And the descriptor here seems reasonable.) Their web site has an eye-catching and clever approach to sinking that in. We’ll keep watch to see how well they do.

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