"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Mixing messages

You can understand the confusion that the Washington Post wonders about.

The beer, from Utah, called Polygamy Porter is available for sale in Idaho, in stores generally that sell beer.

But Idaho liquor stores, you can’t buy another Utah alcohol product called Five Wives Vodka, made in Ogden. They sell it in Utah (which Polygamy Porter isn’t), but not in Idaho. The Post quoted Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson as suggesting it was offensive: “The bottom line is, we represent everybody. It’s masterful marketing on their part. But it doesn’t play here.”

We can think of some quarters, at least, where it would play just fine.

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