Ban Porn?

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## Ban Porn?

Porn can lead to lust and obsession.  It can disturb a person's view of sex.  It can encourage multiple sexual partners.  It can discourage the maintenance of atomic families and long term relationships.  But, the problem isn't just porn.  The problem is lust, one of the seven deadly sins.

Lust is promoted in media everywhere.   It is in music, it is in movies, it is in tv, it is in advertisements.  It is even in schooling.  Schools assemble their students in gymnasiums to watch the dance team's latest choreography and girls push the boundaries of propriety with more and more revealing clothing.

Lust serves to perpetuate the species, but, in excess, it is rightfully a sin.  Profiteers have capitalized on lust both to make money and to subvert the society.  How can you care about better government when you are flooded with sexual imagery?

However, the solution isn't to ban porn.  This is a bad idea for many reasons.

For one, porn is ubiquitous.  Even if it could be banned in some state, it would still be consumed in that state secretly.  Let's consider prostitution.  Prostitution is broadly illegal, but it is still present everywhere, either as massage parlors, or as more indirect exchanges.  The banning of prostitution does not address the problem of the sin of lust.  And, the banning of the production of porn in some states serves to enrich the states which keep the profit from that industry.

Banning porn would create yet more regulatory power of government.  It is a tyrannical system that attempts to perfect its citizens by force.  And, we can see the failures of that system in the drug war.  The foundation of the American system is the absence of tyranny.  The absence of tyranny in both regulating an individual's sins and the absence of tyranny in fixing the consequences of an individual's sins.  It is a philosophy similar to that of the free market.  If a person allows themselves to become addicted to drugs, let them suffer and correct themselves, or die.  It is the tyrannical, new American system that says, "we must both outlaw the drug and fix the druggy".

Yet another problem with banning porn is that the promoters of lust will still promote lust.  Even if both hard core and soft core porn is banned, media will still use sexual imagery to promote lust.  And, where you have both a banning of porn and the on-goance of lust promotion, there is another perverse system that manifests.  Lust is used to divert men away from their ordinary disposition towards logic.   Porn has the effect of lowering the value of women.  When you increase the value of women by banning porn, you strengthen the power of the people who use women to manipulate men.

Instead of banning porn, ban lust promoting media from mainstream.  Remove lust promoting material from any area that would be encountered by the youth.  Don't allow lust promoting advertisements that would be seen by the general public.  Remove lust promoting material from non adult rated movies and media.  Remove all lust promoting material from public schooling and require dress codes.  

But, most importantly, bring back shame to the overindulgence in lust and the recognition that it is a sin.


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