Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Case For Morality Police

Since I'm posting on unpopular topics, why not inflame the left. A couple days ago I had a rather flippant post on Gonzales' new front of the war on terror. But are there times when "morality police" are not such a bad thing?

I do think that consensual adults should be free from government snooping--whether it's a person's sexual preferences or even what books they read. So long as this behavior doesn't interfere with anyone else I don't think it is any of my business or the governments.

However, I don't think it is so unreasonable for parents to want to limit their children's access to pornography or even violence. And since I believe that some liberties can be constrained to benefit the overall good, I see no problems with having some set of rules governing materials that many--if not most--parent want out of reach of their children.

This does not mean that adults should be denied access, merely that people on the left should be willing to make it more difficult for children to access material that parents find offensive. After all, I don't believe it is unreasonable to have a little extra requirements for gun ownership if it makes it harder for terrorists and criminals to get access to weapons. If we have to make it a little harder for gun owners to get guns, why can't we make it a little harder for people to get thier porn (or violent movies, etc.)? My liberalism in this arena binds me to accept both consequences.

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At September 24, 2005 2:25 PM, Blogger Kai Stinchcombe said...

"I don't think it is so unreasonable for parents to want to limit their children's access to pornography or even violence." --> I don't think it is so unreasonable for parents to want to limit their children's access to violence or even pornography.

If you look at the psychological effects of exposure to violence and porn, violence makes kids think violence is ok and normal, while sex makes kids think sex is ok and normal.

 
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