Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Goldberg's Challenge Accepted

I've been extremely busy lately, so for the next week I probably won't be posting much (on my blog or elsewhere). But there's just one quick thing I had to get off my chest.

In a 2006 column, Jonah Goldberg wrote:

Everyone likes to think he’s in favor of maximizing freedom. But in reality most folks want to maximize only the freedoms they like. I often ask self-described libertarians if they support government censorship of hardcore pornography on Saturday-morning broadcast television. If they say yes, then they aren’t really pure libertarians.

To answer Goldberg's question: I am more than happy to defend hardcore pornography on Saturday-morning television. Television is no more "public" than the internet or magazines, which are available at any time, any day of the week.

What will happen to a television station that actually chooses to do this? The kiss of death, obviously. Just look at the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" for cryin' out loud.

So parents will be able to sleep tight, knowing their kids are merely watching graphic violence and none of that icky sex.

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