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Re: This is probably a complicated topic, but...
"BS - who the hell cares what a bunch dead guys from days long gone had to say? "
That's exactly like saying "Who cares if there are human habitations currently being studied by archaeologists, 300 meters below the current sea level?"
When you have studied the past, and been able to find repeating trends and patterns, you can do a much better job at guessing what is going to happen, or going to work, or fail to work, in the near future.
"He who does not study history is condemned to relive it." Or something very similar to that. Men who have been respected for their wisdom, knowledge, and logical observations for a couple of hundred years, generally could impart some of that wisdom on the population today. Well, the parts who are capable of learning, and even those men didn't think the majority could.
Anyone who studied Prohibition could tell you how the current "war on drugs" would run. And for nearly 50 years, every presidential, congressional, or similar commission appointed on the topic has said the same thing. Prohibition will accomplish exactly what it did accomplish: A rise in crime, and nothing useful in any other way.
But no, that's almost as useless as asking the USCG "Do PFDs really save lives?" and ignoring all the historical evidence of what they've painstakingly studied and recorded, because after all, lots of them are or shortly will be just more Old Dead Men.