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Why Iceland Banning Porn Doesn’t Work

Don't ban, just don't visit.Civil rights is a great little term that seems more like a guise to oppress than to actually promote the freedom of any one individual. The PD staff of late has spent a lot of time going through the UN’s Agenda 21 texts, and following their sister groups. Civil rights is one of many buzzed about phrases featured in the jargon there that can be found creeping into local legislation the world over.

It’s a little like getting a new car; you start to see the same model and color everywhere.

Everywhere includes Twitter addicted, volcano paradise Iceland. Expecting to be passed this year is a ramped up tactic to protect civil rights. An internet porn ban.

We know when Martin Luther King Jr. was thinking civil rights he clearly meant banning internet porn.

Expert on pornography (is that really something you want on your resume?) Professor Gail Dines explains, “Iceland is taking a very progressive approach that no other democratic country has tried. It is looking at pornography from a new position, from the perspective of the harm it does to the women who appear in it and as violation of their civil rights.” The ulitmate web controller----you.

That “new position” would mirror attempts to censor and restrict internet access like those employed in Communist China, and Iran.

“At the moment we are looking at the best technical way to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet,” Halla Gunnarsdottir, an Icelandic political adviser reasons.

Surely! Now, you might be thinking, “What’s wrong with this? Are the PD staff members huge sexual asphyxiation and BDSM nuts? Ick!”

Don’t worry, generally we’re as vanilla as Blue Bell Ice Cream, but here’s why we should all care: Giving a government organization the right to ban one thing on the internet, means that then they can in turn ban something else.

Libertarianism is geared to maximum freedom, and any law taken by one, must be applied to all.

Even just looking at porn, who defines what is and isn’t porn? Porn is listed in the dictionary as, “Something thought to create or satisfy an excessive desire for something.” Who is to say that a desire for truth, or free thought doesn’t hit that criteria?

Because then they go to ban everything else.In the same vein, are constitutional activists in the United States.

Not everyone likes guns (if you fall into that category we strongly recommend shooting rounds at lobed Halloween pumpkins—the fun factor will change your mind). That’s fine, not everyone has to own a gun or like them, but if you support the U.S. Constitution you must stand for the right of every amendment, because if one is allowed to go, why then wouldn’t your favorite be next?

Exactly.

There should be more freedom, not less. Giving a government the authority to block one site you might not like, will eventually (sooner most likely than later) lead to your homepage being blocked.

This is why bans of any type should be foregone in exchange for free will. If you don’t like porn on the internet, then don’t look at it. 

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    It's the same with tv shows. If you don't like it then don't watch.

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