Plainly it is not governmental inefficiency these agents are worried about. They find the anti-pornography crowd disturbing because they believe that policing pornography violates fundamental rights. This has become the dominant view in our society: As long as what I do doesn't harm you personally, I have a right to do it. It's a silly view and a view rejected by law enforcement policies all over the country. Were we to truly recognize such a philosophy, we would have to legalize prostitution, drugs and suicide -- as well as the murder of homeless drifters with no family or friends. After all, if someone kills a homeless drifter, how does that affect anyone else? Consent should make no difference here -- that's an imposition of your values. Just because a murderer offends your moral sensibilities doesn't give you an excuse to impose your subjective values on a society.
Such logic means destroying human communities. It is uncivilized, in the purest sense of the word. It makes us each selfish actors. The effects of our actions on others are irrelevant. No, you can't punch me in the nose, but if you choose to perpetrate genocide, and if none of my friends or family members is thrown into a mass grave, what business of mine is it? When everyone is an island, no one is safe. Actions cease to have consequences.
If we are to maintain communities, someone's standards must govern. Those standards can either make it easier or more difficult for the traditionally moral to live their lives. The idea that no one's standards have to govern -- that everyone can do what he likes, when he likes -- inherently means tolerance for evil. Tolerance for evil means nourishment of evil. Nourishment of evil means growth of evil. Growth of evil is a direct affront to traditional morality.
But perhaps as a community, we have decided that pornography is no longer an evil we wish to police. Perhaps we have accepted pornography as mainstream because we feel that it does not undermine fundamental values we wish to protect. Such an acceptance would be morally tragic. But then again, perhaps we have not reached the point where pornography is as legitimate as any other business. Elections mean something in this country, and the alleged defenders of traditional morality are in power. Until they are ousted, they have a responsibility to work on behalf of their constituency.
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