Porn: A Catholatarian View

Rick Santorum has come under fire from the pornography industry for some anti-pornography comments he made a while back. So appalled were some of the fine, upstanding and respectable members of this prestigious community that they have called for a “protest”, the nature of which is too vile for me to justify providing a link to. You can find it yourself if you want to search for it.

As a Ron Paul supporter and Constitutionalist, I am not a fan of Rick Santorum. His foreign policy strikes me as reckless and absurd, and his support for the assassination of the American citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki demonstrates to me that he isn’t the least concerned with restoring Constitutional government to the United States. He is a right-wing statist. I don’t support him at all and I wouldn’t vote for him under almost any circumstance.

But my dislike for the Santorum political program is nothing but a weak shadow compared to my contempt for pornography.

I hate porn. I think it is a plague that is ripping apart families and undermining the foundations of civilization.

The “there’s no data to support that” refrain of the porn industry and the pro-porn left is simply a lie. There is actually plenty of data to support the contention that porn is extremely harmful to individuals and society, even if it is not directly responsible for rape as is often said. And let’s be real, shall we? Even if they saw the data proving the harm caused by porn and considered it irrefutable, they’d still insist that they have an inalienable right to produce it. So the notion that we can’t do a thing to restrict porn because the “data” suggests it is harmless is not only false, but a total distraction.

I can already hear some people: “how can you say that? I thought you were a libertarian!?” I have heard from various traditionalists, Distributists, and even leftists who aren’t perverts that this is one of those examples that demonstrates the folly of libertarianism. It will eventually clash with non-negotiable Catholic values and you’ll have to put it aside. After all, if we have a truly “free” market, you can’t object to something that is made, distributed and consumed by consenting adults.

Well, strangely enough, the classical liberals who founded this country would have completely rejected this assertion. The idea that porn is part and parcel of “free speech” is simply a lie. It was never intended to be covered by the 1st amendment, as is evidenced by the anti-obscenity laws on the books in every state, some of which have been in place since the very beginning of this nation. Rick Santorum is absolutely right to point out that there are anti-obscenity laws that could be enforced. But I don’t expect the sort of people who grunt and moan for a living to have read Miller v. California.

Why would the founding fathers, who were supposedly these totally secular libertines who wanted to create a sextopia, not vigorously prosecute every small town fascist who wanted to drive porn out of the local community? Because they weren’t libertines at all. They understood that the maximum amount of liberty human beings are capable of can only be sustained by a people who are at least willing to try to maintain virtuous lives. Not that we all succeed all of the time – this is impossible for fallen man. But there is a big difference between a society that acknowledges evil even if its members succumb to it, and one that calls evil good – and good evil.

I do not believe that the federal government can create a moral society. I want the failed and oppressive “War on Drugs” to come to an end, and I don’t want to see individual porn consumers put in prison or anything like that. What I want to see is a frank acknowledgment that porn is a social menace, that it undermines and destroys families and ruins individual lives as well. I want to see spread, in the same free market of ideas, anti-pornography awareness and education. I want to see liberty used for good, instead of evil. I know that’s an insane idea, right? Because when we think of liberty in this country, we think of the freedom to be naughty. Let’s think of it the way the Church always has, and the way the American founders did too: the liberty to fight for virtue in the public square, to resist the government-media complex’s support for sexual degeneracy.

Because remember, libertarians: sexual vice is what keeps families from forming or staying together. It is what creates dependents on welfare. It is what creates criminals who violate the rights of others. The cause of liberty depends upon well-socialized individuals who have a stake in maintaining the institutions that make liberty possible and worthwhile to begin with, such as private property. Behind every person mooching off the state and even most of the stories of people in prison is most likely a broken home, a home broken by a lack of sexual restraint. When you support sexual deviancy, you support the welfare state indirectly!

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