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Terry Schilling, executive director of the American Principles Project, a conservative think tank, argued in October in the Catholic magazine First Things that efforts to regulate pornography are part of a broader phenomenon. In doing so, social conservatives are facing opposition from libertarians as well as fellow conservatives. They argue that efforts to ban or otherwise tighten regulations on pornography is the kind of overreach they have long stood against. Actually, never mind.
There’s a conservative civil war raging — over porn
The fight over pornography is emblematic of a larger fissure within movement conservatism, one centered on crucial questions over how the powers of the state should be used or what the point of conservatism even is. Well, what the hell are we trying to conserve?
On Friday, four Republican members of Congress — Reps. Meadows, Banks, Hartzler, and Babin argue that pornography is responsible for rising rates of violence against women as well as human trafficking.
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Nonetheless, for some social conservatives, pornography is a clear and present danger, a health crisis as well as a moral scourge. Porn twists how young men think about women and sexuality. And distorts what they expect from sexual encounters. Andrea Dworkin was right.
Other conservatives also point to potential harms caused by pornography as their reason for wanting to ban it, or at least heavily restrict the industry from which much of it comes. He published an article on Friday praising the group who wrote the letter to Barr :. To be clear, what they are requesting is the enforcement of existing laws that would help to tamp down some forms of pornography.
They are not calling for new laws to be put on the books.
Groups like the American Principles Project agree with Walsh and argue that the US government already has the means to regulate and limit the pornography industry. Indeed, the Founding generation would likely have reacted to it not with high-libertarian nostrums, but with tar and feathers.
But some social conservatives are now arguing the very opposite. Politics is a key part of culture, and often drives it. The law can serve as a teacher and a guide to encourage positive behaviors and discourage negative ones.
I might have a felony. And that law is what puts a lot of people over the edge.
Ron Paul. In fact, Mangu-Ward told me that such arguments were, in her view, generally made by left-leaning politicians and thinkers. Mangu-Ward also said that libertarians within movement conservatism had ly been able to keep conservatives from attempting to use the law for moral improvement. On that point, social conservatives seem to agree. At some point conservatives decided that government should not be used to advance the common good.
And at that point conservatism became limp, shallow, and ineffectual. It also divorced itself from its own intellectual history. And that in a nutshell is why the Left always wins. I reached out to the Department of Justice for comment on this story and have not received a response.
As acting attorney general under President George H. Bush, Barr focused extensively on obscenity and pornography prosecutions, leading some in the porn industry to voice their concerns about his nomination inwhile anti-pornography advocates expressed hope for more action to be taken against the industry.
But this whole debate is bigger than pornography or obscenity. Is conservatism still supportive of a limited government if that means the makers and sellers of pornographic materials go unpunished? Does it still advocate for a free market that makes pornographic material easy and readily available? If you can stop people from making bad decisions through the power of the law, should you?
Social conservatives and libertarians, once unified against the common threat of communism, vigorously disagree on these questions, and many others. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower through understanding.
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