This clip describes the Prohibition era in the United States. It explains the assumptions of Prohibition advocates and the actual negative impact of Prohibition on the United States both economically and socially. It also mentions that it was not actually illegal to consume alcohol during this time period. Finally, it notes that the passing of the 21st amendment was the first time in history that a constitutional amendment (the 18th amendment) had ever been repealed.
The town of Springfield starts enforcing prohibition after recent events involving alcohol are deemed poor examples for the children. Moe establishes a speakeasy under the moniker of a pet shop to circumvent law.
During Prohibition in Springfield, Homer fills a bowling ball with beer and rolls it down the gutter. The ball makes its way down to a secret speakeasy, where Moe retrieves the beer and charges Barney an absurd price for it. Moe then sends Homer the through the same bowling ball. This clip represents the amorality of American capitalist values, as Homer and Moe's practices benefit themselves but hurt many others with their high prices.
A man with AIDs shows his lawyer the written words of the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which "prohibits discrimination against otherwise qualified handicapped persons who are able to perform the duties required by their employment." AIDs is protected as a handicap because of its physical limitations and social death predicament.
At the G8 Conference on Diamonds in Belgium, members of each nation discuss how to address the blood diamond situation in Sierra Leone. Some contend that they should prohibit the import of diamonds from conflict zones, while others bring up the economic significance of such diamonds.