“The moral I draw from this richly detailed, terribly sad book is that, since prostitution will never be eliminated, it should be legalized.”
—-Washington Post book reviewer (and former Jimmy Carter speechwriter) Patrick Anderson, in the conclusion of his positive review of “Lost Girls,” a non-fiction about a series of prostitute killings.
Read that quote over and over again, as I have, and if you can tell me how an intelligent human being reaches the point where he (or she) considers such a statement logical, rational, responsible or ethical, please enlighten me.
I know there are people who think like this and applaud such sentiments, though on its face the position is utter nonsense. Substitute murder, or child porn, or incest, or wife-beating…official corruption, bribery, kick-backs…drunk driving, water pollution, cruelty to animals…any persistent blight on society and human interaction, and Anderson’s idiotic formula applies as well to it as it does to prostitution.
In context, his statement is even more shocking. The book he calls so sad is about young girls who stumble into prostitution out of desperation and lose their lives as a direct result. So, Anderson concludes, let’s add the government’s moral weight to the lure of prostitution! Let’s make it legal; let say it’s OK, which is to say, good enough to be endorsed by society. Does he really think we will then see less of it?
Later, he says:
“If people who work as prostitutes were employed by well-regulated brothels, like those that exist in Nevada, they would be far safer, sexual diseases would be minimized and taxes would be paid. But our puritanical, hypocritical society — acting through lawmakers who proclaim “family values” but are not infrequently caught with their pants down — chooses to keep the oldest profession in the shadows, where predatory men kill foolish, often troubled women, often with impunity.”
Note that the book is about how the internet has made prostitution an increasingly independent, free-lance business, but Anderson appears to believe that the magic of legalization will suddenly send the profession back to those cute bordellos with player pianos and Dolly Parton playing madam. Naturally, all lawmakers who oppose prostitution are secretly Johns—if you can’t make a logical argument, Patrick, by all means resort to outrageous generalization and ad hominem attacks.
The truly frightening aspect of this review and reviewer is that Anderson’s ideological clones, many of them, at least, are currently working the levers of policy in Washington, D.C. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last week, in rare moment of honesty, admitted that from what he could see, Democrats liked illegal immigration, and saw nothing wrong with it.
After all, since it will never be eliminated, it should be legalized.
Source: Washington Post