Mar 04, 1997 10:49 PM
I can't resist commenting about the suggestion of Kim and Liesel that
should be legalized. That will not happen anytime soon because American
to choose just one example, is far too confused about the issue to make any
of rational decisions with regard to it. We should keep in mind that this is
1. Tolerates tobacco, a proven carcinogen.
2. Tolerates alcohol, guaranteed (with heavy and prolonged use)
to damage or
destroy the liver and kidneys.
3. Tolerates violent sports such as boxing (in which the
principle objective is to
cause sufficient brain damage to produce unconsciousness).
4. Will not tolerate prostitution in any form even though (with
strict regulation) it
doesn't produce any of the above-listed side-effects. It
seems fair to conclude
that it would not tolerate it even for individuals who might
volunteer to give up
all three of the other "vices." This is because
consideration of the issue has
historically been done at an emotional rather than a rational
level. It will prob-
ably remain that way for the foreseeable future.
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