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Client 9, Your Table is Ready

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images1.jpg Well, since my post on vegetarianism created such a great back and forth, I thought I’d throw out something that really ought to get the pot stirred up. But then again, maybe not. 🙂

As you all probably know, the (former) governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, resigned his office after it was revealed he’d paid for a high-price call girl, and was known to her as “Client 9.”

Let’s forget for a moment whether or not he used any state funds to get his party started. I haven’t read all the salacious details, so I don’t know if that’s part of the allegation yet or not. And let’s put aside that he’s committed adultery and disappointed his family and constituents.

What I’d like to ask, since the subject, through this case, has been brought to the fore, should prostitution be illegal? I’m not asking if it should be considered immoral. I’m asking if it should be a prosecutable crime.

What do you think?

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Written by blogicalinks

March 17, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Posted in Sharing, Whatever

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  1. I’m not sure, but I have a neat pic of a neon “medical marijuna” sign from LA 🙂

    Ru's Mom

    March 17, 2008 at 11:46 pm

  2. Somehow over the years, our government has managed to make a big business over the legalization (or criminalization) of moral issues. Things like prostitution and homosexual marriage should not be decided by the government or the courts. If there is a clear danger to an individual, then a particular activity should be controlled and/or regulated. But if it is simply a moral issue, then I think the government should stay OUT and let us make out own moral choices. If we choose to follow a particular faith that says that something, such as alcohol, is wrong, then we will follow that faith – regardless of whether or not it is legal. Alcohol is legal, but it’s use is controlled (think “DUI”). I think the same should apply to other _moral_ issues.

    Eric

    March 18, 2008 at 5:50 am

  3. Nah, after being drafted into the whole war on drugs thing, I became a pretty hardcore Libertarian. Making consensual acts into crimes has terrible consequences. I’ve not heard a logical argument for making drugs, prostitution, gambling, public nudity, etc. illegal in any form. The common responses vary around “we can’t just give in” (also used for continuing the war in Iraq) or “think of the children!” ( a sure sign you have no logical argument).

    Back in the ’90’s, a guy named Peter McWilliams (author of the Life: 101 books) wrote “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do,” which laid out the social and monetary costs of laws based on morality. It’s an excellent and highly entertaining read, and still available for free on his website. Unfortunately, it’s a bit dated and Mr. McWilliams will not be doing any further updates. In the ultimate vindication of his argument he choked to death following a bout of nausea, because discontinued using medical marijuana after being arrested. Way to win an argument, Peter. You really got the last word in against the Feds.

    Cara

    March 18, 2008 at 9:29 am

  4. Oh, and since you opened up this can of worms, I posted the world’s smallest political quiz on my blog. I find copycatting/hijacking much easier than original thoughts. 🙂

    Cara

    March 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

  5. I really think that Spitzer would be asked to step down regardless of prostitution being legal or illegal, since it is so immoral to our society. So I guess it wouldn’t really matter either way. I find that public condemnation is better than the law anyway. For example, we have free speech until over half of us decide something is offensive, we make sure they are fired or punished in some way. That seems to do enough these days. (Sorry to rehash this again, but it makes your boss’s blog come to mind, and publicizing it to the city/country somehow. Maybe that way Atlantans or maybe the country can tell him what a jerk he is. tee hee!)

    Carmen

    March 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm

  6. along with marijuana and other lesser drugs, i think that by legalizing prostitution it makes it safer on everyone’s account. plus if the government were smart, it’d see that by legalizing drugs and prostitution, it could be making a profit off of it all instead of losing money trying to get rid of/fighting it…

    (no subject)

    March 19, 2008 at 1:49 am

  7. That is true. It is not perfect, since people don’t see immoral issues the same and sometimes enough money will help to hide those secrets from the people, unfortunately. The government shouldn’t mess with religion or morals.

    I agree that normally it isn’t anyone’s business, but when it comes to politicians that we put in office, especially those like Spitzer that base their decisions on morality and make speeches against those that live immorally, I think it is our business.

    Carmen

    March 19, 2008 at 10:25 am


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