Monday, 20 December 2010

Opting in to Porn?

First of all this isn't a post about Porn or my feelings on it in particular. No, this is about what I perceive as one of the best examples of hypocrisy from small state advocates. I'm no big state advocate, I prefer to look at each case of state involvement on it's own merit, but there are those who are determined that the state should just keep it's noses out of our lives. Unless of course, they want the state to ban something they don't like. Like Porn.


Parents should be responsible for the online content their children have access to, not the state. In the same way that I don't want the government to tell me how to discipline my child, I don't expect them to do my job for me when it is convenient for me to have them  do so. It's not a hard task to set parental controls. Schools manage it. Yes, there will always be ways around it but schoolchildren have been finding ways to get hold of porn long before the internet was around. 


You can't have it both ways. The state has a role to play in all our lives but we have to try and aim for some consistency. 

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