Archive for August, 2015

Prostitution and the Right to Privacy

Friday, August 28th, 2015

“Part of me feels that sexual relations between consenting adults, transactional or not, are nobody’s business but their own.”

Richard Branson in The Pros and Cons of Legalized Prostitution []

I agree. Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it. and so forth so on. As long as people are adult and consenting and no one is being hurt the act itself should not be illegal. Of course this does not change anything related to the illegality of underage prostitution, sexual violence or slavery or human trafficking, as Branson goes on to say in the next sentence:

“At the same time, I am just as appalled as everybody else by the global extent of human trafficking and sexual slavery that continue to be a significant part of the sex trade”

Richard Branson in The Pros and Cons of Legalized Prostitution []

My stance is based on the right to privacy, as I said back in 2006 []:

I believe that congress should make no laws limiting what consenting adults can do in the privacy of their homes or what they can and cannot do with their bodies. I believe we may need to amend the constitution to enshrine this law


I think the right to privacy covers not only prostitution (in their own home or a hotel) but also homosexuality and most other things which are banned as “crimes against nature” under archaic laws. Even use of recreational drugs that don’t cause harm — meaning marijuana, we do need to carefully consider the costs to the state, general public and family for “hard” drugs as part of “no one is being hurt”.

Wait. Festering what?

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
"It's not often an article makes me want to rip out my eyeballs, shove them in a nearby festering scrotum, tie them up and slap them repeatedly at my laptop screen..."

Best thing I’ve read in a while…

Laying down the regulation

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The best way to regulate is to line the banks up occasionally and shoot one of them.

“One former regulator” quoted in One regulator to rule them all [] in The Economist

A bit Wild West but I’m sure it will go down well with the voters.