Quote of the Day

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

–Benjamin Franklin (but probably not really)

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans and drugs. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and scholarly articles, and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), the San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets. When he is not in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is usually in London, where he is an ad hoc policy adviser to the national and city government, an honorary professor of psychiatry at Kings College, a senior editorial adviser to the journal Addiction, and a member of The Athenaeum. When he is not in the San Francisco Bay Area or London, he is usually in Washington D.C., where he serves as a frequent science and policy advisor to federal agencies, and where he has served previously as an appointee to a White House commission and several Secretarial task forces. From July 2009-2010, he served as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. When he is not in the San Francisco Bay Area or London or Washington D.C., he is usually in the Middle East, where since 2004 he has volunteered in the international humanitarian effort to rebuild Iraq’s mental health care system. This work has taken him to Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to teach and consult with Iraqi health professionals and policy makers.

9 thoughts on “Quote of the Day”

  1. So what are you saying here … that God loves Scots and Irish better than he loves Germans and Americans?

    1. I don’t know. I have long heard that God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world. :^)

    1. On the other hand, Chesterton did say “If there is one thing worse than the modern weakening of major morals it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics. Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence. A playwright can attack the institution of marriage so long as he does not misrepresent the manners of society, and I have met Ibsenite pessimists who thought it wrong to take beer but right to take prussic acid.”

      He thought it right to take beer but wrong to take prussic acid.

  2. B. Franklin reportedly set up the first hemp paper mill in the colonies.

    There is no record of him being busted or having his property confiscated by the DEAenders for doing so.

    There was a whole lot of white skin privilege going down back then…

    And he was a big fan of science, so perhaps he talked Congress out of the same serial stupidities they somehow stumbled back into with weed and Harry Anslinger in the 1930s.

  3. Don’t believe attributions of quotes that you see on the Internet.

    – Napoleon Bonaparte

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