Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts
Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who with all good intentions were wrongly intruding into an area of personal choice...
Now that marijuana regulations have been liberalized in Colorado, it’s time to strike down this dictatorial national law. Government is not our nanny...
What this cruel 1984 law did is deprive young people of safe spaces where they could happily drink cheap beer, socialize, chat and flirt in a free but controlled public environment."
"The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime," TIME, Apr. 23, 2014
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in the minimum legal drinking age and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, University of the Arts, 1984-present
Columnist and co-founding contributor, Salon.com, 1995-present
Contributing editor, Interview magazine
Member, editorial board, Arion
PhD, Yale University, 1974
MPhil, Yale University, 1971
BA, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1968