Some pervert jerking off to downloaded kiddie porn on his 21 inch LCD
computer screen is a thought that sickens every decent person. It also makes
lefties green with envy - they can't afford 21 inch LCD screens. But should we
actually do anything to stop it? **
Clearly actually perpetrating the acts portrayed is a crime - they are an initiation
of violence against a non-consensual party, but there are many gray areas. What
if the pictures are drawn, or computer generated? Who is the victim? Does there have to be
a victim for there to be a crime? Does something have to be a crime for governments to regulate
Wimmin's groups in the
1980s insisted that all women were victims of (adult consensual) porn because it degraded
them in the eyes of the entire population. These days people are more in tune
with the fact that it just reduced the value of the product in their undies,
and most people are pretty relaxed about adults looking at pictures of adults
engaged in NVE (Non Violent Erotica). After all, the economies of scale
resulting from the masses of porn on the Internet have helped drive down the
cost of bandwidth for us intellectual elites who use the Internet for other
things (like blogging).
Logic may suggest that drawn or computer generated images are victimless,
and therefore do not involve a crime, but the recent spate of 200-odd arrests
of Australians on Internet kiddie porn charges, and six suicides is a good test
of one's core beliefs. Especially since the accused include teachers,
child-care operators and police officers. No magistrates
this time, but magistrates are probably smart enough to realize that the
Internet ceases to remain anonymous when you use your credit card.
Anyway, it is one thing to talk about personal freedom and victimless
crimes. It is quite another to stand by while a school teacher, or an owner of
a child minding center is accused of downloading kiddie porn. Especially for
those of us who are parents. Especially when the government forces parents to
send their children to school.
Blogger Bunyip insists that
having a child is the beginning of twenty years of hypocrisy ('I never did
that in my time'). It is also a time when one's real values come to the
surface and very quickly override any ephemeral fashionable beliefs.
The libertarians among us might insist that a genuinely free market would
find a solution to pedophiles who aspire to
become school teachers, doctors or police officers. But that remains a future
hypothetical. In the meantime the rest of us will settle for locking up those
sick bastards with the General Population in the local prison and letting nature take
Being in close proximity with powerful, nasty people who have 'unusual'
relationships with society creates interesting dynamics. It would be an
excellent opportunity for these pedophiles to explore the subtle nuances of
The kiddie porn, that is - the lefties can go and get a job
and save up like the rest of us.