Prostitution is Libertarian

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Posted in category Lifestyle Fascism

This is an interesting John Stossel clip that I had never come across previously. John Stossel interviews the sex workers of the bunny ranch and asks them if they should have the freedom to have sex, like everyone else does, except they will get paid for it. While I personally view such a life as despicable, of course, all of the girls are doing this because it is their best alternative in the marketplace. Stossel also interviews an authoritarian, busybody ex-prosecutor who says, ”We don’t want to sell access to the intimate self,” and she refers to the voluntary selling of “access” as slavery. She even opines that is is criminal to “subject humans to market forces.”

I have never been able to understand why anyone would care about what others are doing in their own private realm, yet there is a world of buttinskies who continue meddle in the lives and moral arrangements of others, and they enthusiastically endorse the use of the prison state to house these people like criminals. Here’s a quote from an old article by Paul Armentano on the Future of Freedom Foundation website:

Of course, the most important argument for the legalization of prostitution services is that such prohibitions violate one’s most basic and inherent rights. Prostitution is the voluntary sale (or rental) of a labor service. Individuals own their own bodies and their own labor services and have the absolute right to decide how those labor services should be used. As long as the prostitution transaction is voluntary, there is no justification for governmental interference. Indeed, such interference constitutes an infringement of the privacy and personal liberty of the individuals involved.

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5 Responses to Prostitution is Libertarian

  1. cory says:

    March 11th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Those same buttinskies who refer to prostitution as slavery have no problem forcing prisoners to work, thereby making real slaves of incarcerated prostitutes. 

    I like Michael Cloud’s story about an audience member asking him about prostitution. He replied “I see prostitution as a matter of two issues. Sex, and free trade. Which one are you against?”

  2. Doug says:

    March 13th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Liberty seems to commonly be twisted into talk about pornography or making prostitution legal instead of our defending basic Bill of Rights. Prostitution should be illegal – not for the purpose of controlling peoples bodies as you state, but because of its ultimate effect on our culture. A culture that says it’s Ok by making it legal heads further into a moral abyss – which ultimately works to destroy the very Liberty you supposedly were defending. I believe the Founders understood this. Only a religious and moral society can have real Liberty.

  3. M. Terry says:

    March 17th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    “Prostitution should be illegal – not for the purpose of controlling peoples bodies as you state, but because of its ultimate effect on our culture. A culture that says it’s Ok by making it legal heads further into a moral abyss – which ultimately works to destroy the very Liberty you supposedly were defending. I believe the Founders understood this. Only a religious and moral society can have real Liberty.”

    Better add cigarettes and booze to the list of things to make illegal, then. Under the above test, the War on Some Drugs is, and has, been correct – even though it is one of the biggest tools in destroying liberty. Since before the implementation of the Harrison Narcotics Act – the beginning of the War on Some Drugs, addiction rates are essentially identical.

    Prostitution isn’t the issue – it’s freedom. “Moral and religious” people wouldn’t visit a prostitute, now would they?

    “Religion” is now state-sanctioned, via churches all voluntarily becoming creatures of the state by applying for and being granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporations. Corporations are creatures of the state, which exist at the pleasure of, and permission by, the government. A 501(c)(3) corporation can be dissolved by the state at the state’s whim. Further, a church that is a 501(c)(3) corporation owes its allegiance to the state, and then to God. That’s why when a church marries a couple, the minister grants the couple to enter into a menage a trois with the man, woman, and state being partners. Churches force people to be married with licenses. Check out the history of marriage licenses. They should NOT be a requirement for a real marriage. Thus, the churches assist the state with control of its flock (of sheeple.)

    I’d be much more concerned about corporate churches than in prostitution. Like the War on Some Drugs, laws proscribing prostitution have done the opposite. Prostitution where it is illegal results in underage forced prostitution, pimps beating and killing women (and boys).

    Don’t believe in prostitution? Don’t visit one. As for me, I won’t become a member of a corrupt church which owes its allegiance to the state. Physician – heal thyself.

  4. Arletta Levoci says:

    March 18th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Nature itself is an unlikely partnershipwe seem to be the only life forms on the planet who do not understand this

  5. dan says:

    February 17th, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Prostitution should be not be illegalized due to social moral issue (i.e. It’s a sin to commit lust). No government has the right to tell people what is morally wrong or what is morally right. One individual has the divine right to his/her body and it’s not right for the government to intervene the right to his/her body.
    However, if it’s a health issue such as STD, HIV, it is understandable such that government interest is to protect the public health. Still, this does not make valid reason to illegalize/criminalize the prostitution. Instead, prostitution should be de-criminalized.

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