Before long all will be set in order, we will expect a very sinister century, the state of the masked
and solitary ones much changed, few will be found who want to be in their place.
Of course it was alcoholic beverages that were banned and many people, both those in supply and those in demand, violated the law ... increasingly so as the decade passed, ultimately giving way to the 1930's.
Today the ban is on HUMAN INTERACTION due to the COVID-19 pandemic and may eventually include total restriction of movement within one's community and a total ban on travel outside of one's country and, possibly, in the US, outside of one's state or even one's county or township. Medical "experts" foresee the current "lockdown" known as "social distancing" continuing until 2022:
One sign seen in the heavens MAY or MAY NOT be related to this:
The sign may also mean we have begun the true "seventh millennium" or, much worse, the start of the era in Revelation known as the opening of the seven seals.
The trouble with "signs" is how do you interpret them when there are a number of possible interpretations? It may have also been a mere coincidental configuration of clouds, moonlight, and shadow. Nevertheless, I find it interesting.
In any event, a new "prohibition" should have begun in January 2018 (98 or 7 x 14 years later). Instead, like many events in the second half of the 2010's, it has been 2 years late, arriving in March 2020 in the United States (January and February 2020 in other countries). March 2020 is 2 years and 2 months late.
Prohibition was a law enacted and enforced mostly in the United States, although Russia, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and parts of Canada had their own versions of it around the same time (in Russia, however, beginning 6 years earlier and ending 8 years earlier).
During this period, due in part to lax ("liberal") local and regional government officials, and eventually due to organized crime, there was a huge increase in illegal gambling and prostitution. The fact remains that a lot of people made a lot of money off of Prohibition a lot of different ways.
It may also include a ban on all tobacco and nicotine products: pipe tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and cigars (such a ban was almost passed in New York State at the urgency of medical experts).
It may or may not include a ban on all coffee and caffeine products such as chocolate, depending on the medical community's views on what role caffeine may or may not play during a COVID-19 infection.
Ironically, it may be alcohol that is NOT banned. Then again, it might.
The INTERNET may also be banned for all but official and business use. This will happen if one of the actual goals of "social distancing" is to bring an end to globalization and a return to the policies of Isolationism as practiced in the United States during the 1920's and 1930's.
Prohibition came to an end on December 5, 1933. 1934 was the first full calendar year in the post-Prohibition era. Thus, for one month short of 14 long years the US lived under the ban.
I can see no reason for life as we knew it to resume in 2022 ... or 2023. There is more to the current lockdown or social distancing at work than COVID-19 ... at least it seems that way. Especially with experts forecasting a continuation of these policies into 2022 or 2023.
For what reason or purpose I can only guess. To end globalization, as I stated, may be one of them. But we are only a few rungs in the ladder beneath (or above) martial law. That is a rather severe situation to be placed in merely to revise diplomatic policy, however unpopular.
But this article is not about the other reasons (other than COVID-19) that this is happening. Beyond bringing about an end to globalization, I can't really speculate as to what they might be.
Features of the period may include:
The opening up for business, with certain kinds of restrictions in place, of restaurants ... but the banning of bars and nightclubs.
Social distancing is possible in restaurants, the roomier the better, and the social density can also be minimized in both large and small restaurants, for example, by 'reservation only' policies. On the other hand, social density in public bars and nightclubs is notoriously high (like the term, a "packed house"). Limiting customers would likely place bars and other drinking and dancing establishments out of business.
Indoor theaters will either have to be doubled or tripled in size and thus capacity to allow for more distance between theater-goers. Smaller theaters would require advance reservations and seating arrangements. Balconies no longer being used in older theaters will be restored or reopened.
And of course the revival of the drive-in theater would see a resurgence in such businesses not seen since the heady days of the 1950's and 1960's. Much larger drive-in screens could be built than currently in use, bringing us once again to the IMAX concept.
The worst case scenario would be the banning of PCs, laptops, and mobile devices and seizure of all home computers.
As a result, there would be an increase in cable television viewing for state-controlled news, politically-correct TV series and sitcoms, and of course for the usual assortment of films, both edited and unedited.
A rise in organized crime via the deep net, illegal sales of banned items, arranged "dates" (ie. prostitution by online reservation)
A rise in webcam sex on the deep net
A rise in alcohol sales for home use (assuming it is not banned)
Legalization and regulation of prostitution and gambling
Limited car travel
During the 1920's another policy was put into effect in the United States: Isolationism. This was a diplomatic and economic doctrine that aimed at self-advancement to make the United States economically self-reliant and retaining peace with other nations. World War I had proven to be too much as had The Spanish Flu which was brought into the US by soldiers fighting in Germany. Isolationism in the 1920's attempted to isolate the United States from the diplomatic affairs of other countries by avoiding foreign entanglements and entering into alliances.
This policy will prove disastrous as the world continues to wind its way through larger and larger military conflicts and a rise in dictatorships and newer forms of fascism.
We should see an increase in wars in the Middle East and North Africa. In fact we already are.
War in Libya and the rest of North Africa will grow much worse between 2021 and 2030. That war may even spread into southern Europe, but stop short of starting a global conflict. Then again, it may be one of several causes of World War III breaking out in the latter 2030's.
Another will be a militant North Korea and China. If a second Korean War can be avoided now, both China and North Korea may begin attacking one or two countries in the Pacific sometime in the 2029-2031 period and then again during a much wider war around 2035 that will last until 2044.
Germany will leave the European Union and NATO (if NATO even still exists), along with certain other nearby countries, and be united with Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania, Hungary, and a few other countries in the region. Prague, Kiev, Vilnius, Budapest, Warsaw, Berlin will all form their own power bloc and will be aligned with Russia in an uneasy peace.
If World War III begins this year or next, then it is World War IV that will begin in 2037.
The United Nations has proven to be ineffective at mitigating warfare and the NATO alliance has polarized East and West to such a degree that it is regarded with suspicion by many non-NATO countries in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The more nations that join, the more paranoid non-NATO countries become.
The solution to this is Bipolarity or Tripolarity: a duumvirate/triumvirate or diplomatic and military alliance between two or three of the strongest nations, each representing a hemisphere or sphere: one East and one West OR in the event of three, one East, one Central, one West.
One logical solution to this problem has always been before us and has always been dismissed as unworkable.
Furthermore, global peace would be maintained, by mutual or mutually-agreed military force if necessary, by both countries. This could expand to include China, if such a model is workable.
China is a wild card and could choose alliance or adversity unless it abandons its territorial ambitions.