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“Porn Tax” is gaining momentum

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Dozens of lawmakers are planning to introduce federal legislation this month aimed at taxing viewers of pornography.

The “Porn Tax,” as it’s appropriately being dubbed, would require all new smartphones and computers to come preinstalled with a firewall that would prevent access to pornographic websites, unless the consumer paid a $20 tax to have the firewall removed.

Of course, as with most appropriation legislation, the lawmakers have provided an emotionally charged name for the bill. Instead of appropriately calling it a “Porn Tax,” they’re calling it the “Human trafficking prevention act.”

The lawmakers behind the measure claim the proposed legislation is necessary to combat what they say is becoming an increasingly troubling public health issue. In one interview about the subject, a supporter of the bill Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network employee Kathleen Winn claims that the rise in pornography has led to a rise in human trafficking.

In that same interview Winn further justifies the bill by claiming that pornography is addicting, and that other products such as alcohol, cigarettes, and “any product that you go and buy” have taxes, so pornography should be taxed just the same.

Putting aside for a moment the ethical implications of using addiction to enrich the state, the real irony here is that the group behind the bill condemns one form of coercion in favor of another. That is to say, they condemn human trafficking, because it violates the rights of innocent people via coercion and the use of force. While at the same time, they suggest combatting human trafficking by violating the rights of pornography viewers through the use of force and coercive taxation.

And make no mistake about it, hardwiring devices to ensure compliance is force.

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