Fifty posts in, and we have yet to run into anyone who doesn't want prostitution legalized. I think it's time to take this to Congress!
"Laissez-faire! I will begin by saying, in order to avoid any ambiguity, that laissez-faire is used here for honest things, with the state instituted precisely to prevent dishonest things.
This having been said, and with regard to things that are innocent in themselves, such as work, trade, teaching, association, banking, etc., a choice must be made. It is necessary for the state to let things be done or prevent them from being done.
If it lets things be done, we will be free and optimally administered most economically, since nothing costs less than laissez-faire.
If it prevents things from being done, woe to our freedom and our purse. Woe to our freedom, since to prevent things is to tie our hands; woe to our purse, since to prevent things requires agents and to employ agents takes money.
In reply to this, socialists say: “Laissez-faire! What a disaster!” Why, if you please? “Because, when you leave men to act, they do wrong and act against their interests. It is right for the state to direct them.”
This is simply absurd. Do you seriously have such faith in human wisdom that you want universal suffrage and government of all by all and then you proclaim these very men whom you consider fit to govern others unfit to govern themselves?" - Frédéric Bastiat
I think all victimless crime should be legal- the government should not be allowed to regulate behavior.
You sound as though you actually believe individual business people and businesses don't often act contrary to the interests of their customers. Please confirm that I am mistaken in this impression, because I need to be sure I am not dealing with a self deluded person.For another, why would market forces lead to people acting against the interests of consumers? Do you think it works to their advantage to have their consumers and workers for that matter getting diseases? That seems like a pretty bad problem for the business to overcome considering that prostitution would be a pretty competitive field.
Answering why market forces sometimes lead people to act contrary to the interests of consumers is interesting, and it may lead to solutions involving minimal government involvement. In the case under consideration, I think the best I am going to be able to do is to try to put myself in the place of the sex workers who actually do act contrary to their client's well being. I imagine that sometimes they figure that they are desperate for money, and that even though they have AIDS and that they could spread it, that customers are a dime a dozen, and they won't even know where they caught it in the first place. I imagine that sometimes they don't even know they have STDs, and they have just been careless recently, but that no harm will likely come of it. I could go on, and with each iteration would hit upon what at least some of them think. The fact is that they do act contrary to their customer's interests. The "why" will always be speculative, unless we ask THEM.
. Oh please, Thorgasm already explained how not all those involved can protect themselves. But aside from that, why not make a product safer through regulation? That way I don't have to worry as much about it when I purchase the product. It makes life simpler to have safety regulated. I like not worrying about toddlers toys being unsafe for my nephews when I purchase them. I would imagine sex worker's clients will feel a little more peace of mind, too.So to avoid taking control of their own lives they go to the government? How does that solve anything?
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.