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How We Can Still Celebrate Holiday Drinking in These Troubling Days?

Black Wednesday looms, though I’m not sure I should refer to it as “Black Wednesday.”

The decadents think it’s a shortened version of “Black-out Wednesday,” but it’s not. It’s a play off “Black Friday,” which is “black” because retailers turn huge profits that day. “Black Wednesday” is black because it turns huge profits for bars.

But not this year.

One of my bar clients told me this week that he had been eking along, breaking even over the course of the year, hanging on for Black Wednesday and the following three weeks, which are his biggest weeks of the year.

And Whitmer has shut him down.

“For the public good” you say?

I don’t want to turn this week’s “Drinking Matters” column into a screed (this column is supposed to be a celebration—joyful—not a critical jeremiad), but if you believe these shutdowns are a good idea, please consider the other side and the impressive mound of counter-facts.

A great place to start is The Tom Woods Show. Tom has pretty much destroyed the notion that these lockdowns are a good idea. He doesn’t deny COVID is a risk (though he disagrees it’s as dangerous as the Whitmers of the world want us to believe). He just denies that the lockdowns make any difference . . . and presents the facts to prove it.

If you don’t listen to podcasts, you can try his free e-book about lockdowns. I haven’t read it, but it looks pretty good. (You’ll probably have to give Tom your email address in order to get the book.)

“Living Room Bar,” E. Studs Mulligan

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