quasi in rem

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Let Porno Reign!: "The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law meant to punish pornographers who peddle dirty pictures to Web-surfing kids is probably an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech."

(For an example of the law may have blocked please feel free to visit
this link. You sickos.)

What I don't get is why spending on political campaigns is considered an appropriate muzzle on free speech but limiting the access of pornography to children is not a muzzle on free speech? I need to look at the opinion but the comparison of the harms addressed by campaign finance reform and internet pornaghy are stark to say the least.

One thing that is clear however, is the paradigm that "speech", in whatever its form, wills out. The Soviets learned this, as did the East Germans. The Iranians and Chinese are learning this now. And in this country, despite the lauded efforts of campaign finance reform to control spending, more money has poured into this election than any other. More speech has crossed the airwaves concerning these candidates than at any other time.

Similarly with the internet porn law. It is simply unenforceable. No matter what fines, penalties or proscriptions are created in the law, people will find a way to satisfy this countries desire desire for purient material. Base desires are the immovable force of human nature. And clever ways to use an ever changing technological landscape will always outmanuever clumsy legislation.

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