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NeoNotes - Prostitution

Prostitution should not be illegal.

It does not normally harm another or their property. It's a vice law, prostitution offends someone or is against someone's religion. Supposedly it is about moral harm.

Do you really want politicos deciding what is moral harm?

Historically American prostitutes have heavily contributed to society. In the Old West, libraries and schools were funded by brothel madams. Stores selling luxury items like perfumed soap, fancy clothes, and upscale furniture came to where the prostitutes were.

For such a "despicable" group, they did a lot of good.



Dude, I'm a libertarian.

I'm obsessed with vice laws, also called mala prohibita laws. Mala in se means "bad in and of itself," these laws deal with actions that cause measurable harm to life, liberty, and property. Mala prohibita means "bad because it is prohibited," these laws deal with morals and ethics but not with measurable harm.

Mala in se laws are mostly good.

Mala prohibita laws are uniformly bad and corrupt institutions and people.



Many folks have the same problem.

I could give you pages and pages of details, including a detailed examination of why America's biggest experiment in vice law was not only an abject failure but actually created organized crime.

It boils down to this. Without measurable harm (very important phrase that), there is no reason why your religion, morality, or ethics should control the behavior of others. Likewise, there's no reason why their religion, morality, or ethics should control you. Parity. Golden Rule. Whatever you call it, it's a simple idea that is the keystone to our civilization.

If you don't like it, don't do it. If it offends you, don't do it. But unless it hurts someone, you can't forbid others to from doing it.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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