Was The whiskey rebellion under Washington was really a jacobins plot to overthrow America government?
- 1465Lv 61 month ago
No, it was a protest against taxation on distilled alcohol. Taxation on distilled spirits was a way to create tax revenue. Today, it generates over $5 billion annually.
It was the origin of today's tax laws and the reason moonhining continues to be illegal.
When the 18th amendment outloawed alcohol in 1920, determined entrepaneuers continued to make their own at night under the cover of darkness (where the term "moonshine" comes from).
The government fought back with the creation of the ATU (Alcohol Tax Unit) during prohibition, the forerunner to today's ATF. And because of it being a tax issue, Treasury agents were called "revenuers".