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Friday, April 25, 2008

Libertarians and Child Pornography

From Politics1.com:

Research scientist, medical professor and Libertarian activist Mary Ruwart -- a frontrunner for the LP presidential nomination -- is in hot water over statements she previously wrote in her book Short Answers to the Tough Questions on the issue of child pornography. Ruwart has been a frequent LP candidate for US Senate and other offices in the past, and has been a popular speaker at LP gatherings nationwide for many years. This is what Ruwart wrote in response to the question, "How can a libertarian argue against child pornography?":

"Children who willingly participate in sexual acts have the right to make that decision as well, even if it's distasteful to us personally. Some children will make poor choices just as some adults do in smoking and drinking to excess. When we outlaw child pornography, the prices paid for child performers rise, increasing the incentives for parents to use children against their will."

Two of Ruwart's rival LP candidates -- college professor George Phillies and wealthy sports handicapper [bookie?] Wayne Allyn Root -- are now calling on her to quit the race. Don't expect Ruwart to exit, however. The bottom line: Ruwart's stumble probably locks up the LP nomination for former GOP Congressman Bob Barr [of Georgia] at next month's nominating convention.

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