by Derick Dickens
“If no one is harmed, why should you care?”
Used as a tool to advocate a number of issues from prostitution, legalizing drugs, to homosexual marriage, the “no harm” argument has found a new potency in the modern political arena. However, the end results will be devastating.
One issue often advanced by the “no harm” adherents is prostitution. Heralded as a victimless crime that provides economic benefits and commerce, they advance the idea “no one is harmed”, and, “it is between two consenting adults” to weaken opposition and supposedly bolster their own arguments.
However, the “no harm” philosophy misunderstands the nature of harm, the role of individual choices, and the impact these choices have on others and society. “No harm” arguments are often a smokescreen hiding the real issues.
Despite this being a choice between two supposedly consenting adults, both society and individuals are harmed by prostitution. [Read more...]