The old argument against the drinking age being 21 gets a new coat of libertarian paint. Logic has always been on the side of lowering the drinking age to 18 — the number where, in every other aspect of our lives we are adults — but a sneaky little provision (let’s call it what it is, blackmail) by the federal government bars states from lowering the age. Currently, the long arm of the government is getting too long and casting too big of a shadow over peoples’ lives for a large segment of the population. So, why doesn’t some politician curry favor with the 18-25 demographic and make this their cause?

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