Volstead Act Collapse III, 15-21


Every bank in the USA was shut BEFORE March 1933

thanks to Bert Hoover opening corporate tax returns to scrutiny by State officials 

Sec. 16. Any tax payable upon alcohol under existing law may be collected either by assessment or by stamp as regulations shall provide; and if by stamp, regulations shall issue prescribing the kind of stamp to be used and the manner of affixing and canceling the same.

Sec. 17. When any property is seized for violation of this title it may be released to the claimant or to any intervening party, in the discretion of the commissioner, on a bond given and approved.

Sec. 18. All administrative provisions of internal-revenue law, including those relating to assessment, collection, abatement, and refund of taxes and penalties, and the seizure and forfeiture of property, are made applicable to this title in so far as they are not inconsistent with the provisions thereof.

Sec. 19. All prior statutes relating to alcohol as defined in this title are hereby repealed in so far as they are inconsistent with the provisions of this title.

Sec. 20. That it shall be unlawful to import or introduce into the Canal Zone or have in one’s possession or under one’s control within the Canal Zone, any alcoholic, fermented, brewed, distilled, vinous, malt, or spirituous liquors, except for sacramental, scientific, pharmaceutical, industrial, or medicinal purposes, under regulations to be made by the President, and any such liquors within the Canal Zone in violation hereof shall be forfeited to the United States and seized: Provided, That this section shall not apply to liquor in transit through the Panama Canal or on the Panama Railroad.

That each and every violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months for a first offense, and by a fine not less than $200 nor more than $2,000 and imprisonment not less than one month nor more than five years for a second or subsequent offense.

That all offenses heretofore committed within the Canal Zone may be prosecuted and all penalties therefor enforced in the same manner and to the same extent as if this Act had not been passed.

Sec. 21. Titles I and III and sections 1, 27, 37, and 38 of title II of this Act shall take effect and be in force from and after the passage and approval of the Act. The other sections of title II shall take effect and be in force from and after the date when the eighteenth amendment of the Constitution of the United States goes into effect.

F H Gillett

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Thos. R. Marshall

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.


In the House of Representatives of the United States.

October 27, 1919.

These wartime then peacetime seizure and forfeiture clauses eroded the U.S. economy over the course of fourteen years. The Bill of Rights melted before them as the Reconstruction Amendments  did when Klan terrorism in the Southern States and Northern reaction against Republican Comstockism combined to unseat Republican control of government. This damage was accelerated by misdefining and prohibiting non-addictive stimulants and lumping them in with habit-forming narcotics. Exporting coercive meddling in trade and production the world over through Versailles Treaty imposition of the Hague Convention followed by planet-wide exportation of prohibitionist coercion until WW2 resulted is up next. The overlap of Volsteadism with the violence of international law will focus on  news, laws, economic and financial crashes and their explanations--especially the way this applied fanaticism brought war with Germany and Japan

Good Reading: The Night of January Sixteenth, by Ayn Rand. (link)
That was the date the Wartime Prohibition law became national prohibition of trade, transportation and production, with Federal economic planning adopted at every level to prop it up as it eroded the entire economy and banking system. This novel springs from the legal conundrums created when prohibition eplaced free trade and production.

Good References: The Shaffer Library of Drug Policy. (link) The library covers everything EXCEPT the causal relationship between the violence of prohibitionist law and economic contraction, banking panics, liquidity crises, recessions, depressions and wars. For an introduction to that see Prohibition and The Crash. 

Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.

What caused The Crash?

Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)

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Tagged: prohibition, confiscation, asset forfeiture, initiation of force, blackouts, energy crisis, liquidation, liquidity, bankruptcy, Crash, Depression, communism, inviting attack, treason, economic collapse,

Tags: asset forfeiture, bankruptcy, blackouts, communism, confiscation, Crash, Depression, economic collapse, energy crisis, initiation of force, inviting attack, liquidation, liquidity, prohibition, panics, fractional reserve banking,


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