In their stirring call to arms that is The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels make argument after argument why capitalism is an inherently flawed, anti-humanist, grossly authoritarian and ultimately doomed economic system.
As it turns out, Marx and Engels left out what could have been probably one of the most effective arguments to win over the hearts and minds of blue collar workers to the cause of socialism. We’ve long known that making alcohol retail a nationalized monopoly can bring in billions of dollars to the public coffers and thus reduces taxes. For instance, the LCBO brings in well over 1 billion dollars annually (even before Provincial Sales Taxes on LCBO alcohol sales are factored in) to the province of Ontario. But, as the CBC recently reported, it turns out that ‘socialized’ alcohol also makes beer cheaper and more plentiful.
To paraphrase David Lloyd George: the provincial Tories in Alberta would make drums of out of the skins of their own mothers the better sing their own capitalist free-market praises. However, in addition to the hidden costs that get passed on to Albertan workers, it turns out that their free-market ways are costing them considerably more compared to Ontario and Quebec who both have alcohol monopolies in the LCBO and SAQ respectively.
Beer is just better with socialism.