Not bad if taken as a history of homebrewing. Bein that this is from Reason Magazine, the author tries to make this history into some sort of treatise on the evils of government regulation in any form. I think the banning of homebrew was more a function of inertia, knee-jerk moralizing, and the fact that only the 'working classes' liked beer (as opposed to upper-class wine) than anything else. The argument about 'bootleggers' is patently false. Any fermentable sugar can be distilled, not just malt (e.g. rum and tequila).