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    Default Libertarian views on child pornography

    While I am aware that Dr Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance has no connection to the UK Libertarian Party, I feel this is the most appropriate place to write this post to yield a discussion on what essentially is a matter of the philosophy this party advocates, although this is not a forum for libertarianism per se.

    Dr Gabb believes that the possession of child pornography should be legalised (the reasons are in the links provided at the bottom of the post) and that claims of child abuse brought to the police's attention after a certain period of time "should be laughed at".

    Given that these issues are not mentioned in the LPUK's Constitution, I shall assume that the official party line differs from the views of Dr Gabb; but how do you as a party oppose these views from a libertarian philosophical/political viewpoint (as Dr Gabb defends his on the same grounds)?

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    I don't agree with Gabb on this and neither does the party.

    For me the original crime of abusing the child, is continued by the spreading the images of this crime. It is hurting the child every time the image is reproduced.
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    By extension of the same logic, would you say the same for (and, therefore, ban) images and recordings of beheadings, for example, as carried out by anti-Western terrorist groups in Iraq?

    How do you feel about Dr Gabb's remarks regarding the delaying of reporting the crime of child abuse? If you'll allow me to interject, I struggle to comprehend how anybody - regardless of political background - believes that any crime, especially one of this horrific nature, should be "laughed at" by the authorities simply because it was reported after a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kypros View Post
    By extension of the same logic, would you say the same for (and, therefore, ban) images and recordings of beheadings, for example, as carried out by anti-Western terrorist groups in Iraq?

    How do you feel about Dr Gabb's remarks regarding the delaying of reporting the crime of child abuse? If you'll allow me to interject, I struggle to comprehend how anybody - regardless of political background - believes that any crime, especially one of this horrific nature, should be "laughed at" by the authorities simply because it was reported after a long time.
    Actually I do think some sensitivity is required when reporting murders. Showing grissly pictures of someone's murder, should at least have the express permission of the direct family of that person for the same reasons as before. Possibly they shouldn't be shown at all, out of respect for the murdered soul.

    I don't know about Gabb's comments about delayed reporting and would need to see them in their full context. People often try to missrepresent Gabb, by taking a tiny piece of what he said and spinning it to make him look bad.

    I don't agree with everything he says, but there is usually sound logical reasons behind his comments.
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