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See America's Longest War in Austin


Next week the Austin chapter of America's Future Foundation is sponsoring a screening of America's Longest War, the Reason Foundation documentary about the war on drugs, directed by Paul Feine and edited by Alex Manning. Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Details:

7 p.m., Thursday, January 16

Alamo Drafthouse Village,  2700 West Anderson, Lane, Austin

Tickets are available here.

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  1. Austin? That would be Fist of Etiquette’s Longest Drive just to get there.

    1. This particular drafthouse is about a 14 minute drive away.

      If not sold out, I’ll prolly be there.

  2. I just hope that no real puppies were shot in the making of the film.

  3. I will be attending this event. (I’ve been lurking here for three years and just registered so I can make this hugely substantive and important post. Now back to my regularly scheduled goldbricking)

    1. The post, pithy and substantive it was.

      And nothing says ‘libertoid’ like a tounge in cheek joke involving racism and cocktails.

      Speaking of which, I think I just found the most ridiculous cocktail name of all time =


      The author of this cocktail also has entire series 8 different drinks all beginning with, “151 Canadian Vampires…”

      Like, “151 Canadian Vampires Doing the Macarena in an Burning Airplane Hangar”=

      1 1/2 oz 151 Proof Rum
      1 1/2 oz Canadian Mist Canadian Whiskey
      1 1/2 oz Hangar One Buddha’s Hand Vodka
      1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

      You set it on fire before serving.

      1. Nice. I would dare you to order that at a bar, but it sounds too atrocious to wish on anyone.

      2. You set it on fire before serving.

        “Gee, I’m really sorry your mom blew up, Ricky, guess she won’t be able to eat any spicy foods for a while.”

        1. “Do you realize the street value of this mountain top?”

          Best. Movie. Ever.

      3. American Bourbon brands worth $13.6B.

        I’ll be getting that micro’still license sorted, now.

        1. Wait, Jim Beam is turning Japanese?

            1. Is Kentucky part of the deal?

              1. They don’t have enough weird sex without buying the land of SF?

          1. Little known fact is that some of the largest whiskey markets in the world are in japan, south korea, Singapore, taiwan, hong kong, etc. They pay out the nose for the very good stuff. Suntory is battling for their own turf with Diageo, and needs big guns. jim beam and makers are Big Guns.

      4. 1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

        What is it, your period?

  4. Oh yeah. Sure. Like anyone wants to be kicked in the nuts for twenty seven minutes.

    1. *sixty* not twenty

      1. I know a bar in new York where they’ll do that.

        I’d just go to the movie.

  5. I’m guessing no but is there any chance of a screening at one of the Houston Drafthouses?

  6. see America’s longest war in Austin.

    I was not aware the longest war was in Austin. Why isn’t the Texas national guard doing anything about it?

  7. I thought the war on poverty was the longest? (Both are older than me and I’m not young.)

    1. Came to comment on the same thing. While the War on Drugs could perhaps trace back to the crimilization of cannabis in 1937, the official declaration of a War on Drugs was made by Nixon in 1971 IIRC, while Johnson officially waged his War on Poverty in 1964.

      If you are going to claim the WoD as longer due to the criminalization of cannabis, presumably the same logic can be applied to the WoP (not a reference to Epi) as starting with the breadlines, social welfare, and various and sundry make-work programs of the New Deal that preceeded the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

      1. The WoD preceded the New Deal by a few years.

          1. I think it’s more reasonable to consider the War on Drugs proper to have begun with Nixon, who made it a priority and created one of the most abhorrent Federal agencies in the existence, the DEA.

            After that spending on drug prohibition enforcement increased exponentially as did police militarization and incarceration rates.

            1. Agreed. Likewise, one could also argue that the War on Poverty began in earnest in the Progressive era, with the advent of the income tax, federal reserve, anti-trust actions, and the emergence of a sort of Victorian noblesse oblige. Though no particular transfer payment programs of note that I can recall emerged at this time, the intellectual birth was certainly in the Progressive era (as was the ban boner/temperance movement).

              The reality is that the WoD and the WoP have the same fundamental conceit behind them: that the proles are too stupid to provide for themselves or know what to do with themselves.

              1. Yep – they are really both wars against human nature. Both huge wastes of money, drags on the economy, and excuses for all kinds of curtailment of liberties. Lots of people make nice livings off the wasted efforts.

                Both are self-defeating – but few people in charge are willing to admit it.

                1. Both are self-defeating – but few people in charge are willing to admit it.

                  Winning isn’t the goal. Power is the goal.

            2. Heck, you could go back to 1839.

  8. So I take it senator Cruz will be there to offer his opinion?

  9. Goddamn, I miss Austin. Great music, great beer, great weed.

    1. watch Slacker, and you’ll never want to go back.

      1. Had a friend who lived in the back of one of the houses filmed in Slacker. That was really a terrible movie.

      2. I did and I still do. Love Austin. LOVE it.

  10. I’m so happy liberals are in power so that the awful police-state persecution of minorities will finally cease and we can spend all that money on Aid to Africa and curing cancer and..

    …oh, wait.

    the one thing about the decriminalization of mary-jane going on the west that really puts a bug in my ass is the utter indifference on the part of the press to the millions of people who’ve been jailed over the years for having participated in an ‘unregulated marketplace’. The American Gulag will be conveniently wiped from memory.

  11. I generally lurk here, too, but I’ll definitely be there for this documentary screening.

    I don’t know if there’s a secret Reason handshake, but I’ll be listening for the codewords “Lucy” and “Postrel” being whispered in a conspiratorial manner.

  12. Sometimes man you jsut have to roll with it.


  13. Long time lurker (at least, mostly a lurker) but my lovely wife and I will also be in attendance. Very excited to see the documentary at my favorite movie theater!

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