Undecided but open to either side.
I couldn't care less either way.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
You keep asking me for a good reason to keep it illegal, but what I don't get is, what reason is there for making it legal?
That's way more general than specific. I don't believe that laws should be changed unless there's a clear reason why it would be beneficial to do so; adherence to a blanket ideology like libertarianism is not a valid reason in itself.American Citizens are believed to be entitled to:
Pursuit of Property/Happiness
so long as one:
does not interfere in anyone else's:
(See above )
For one thing, I highly doubt Thomas Jefferson wanted polygamy to be legalized... I won't take that line of defense though because I can't prove it.It was important enough to be put into the Declaration of Independence...sooo...If you can think of any more of an American document that would suggest otherwise, let me hear it.
"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are extremely vague and as I already said, more general than specific; the only people who argue that the terms advocate a libertarian position are, well, libertarians. Even if you were to use libertarian assumption that "liberty" and the "pusuit of happiness" mean getting to do whatever the hell you want if it doesn't infringe on the rights of others, you could argue that legalized polygamy does infringe on the rights of many people by creating the imbalance which I mentioned.
I don't use those assumptions though. I simply think that change for change's sake is irresponsible and could lead to unintended consequences, so if a law is to be reversed, there should be some clear benefit to reversing it. So far I have yet to hear about any benefits to reversing polygamy laws.
Last edited by Dav; 11-13-09 at 11:06 PM.
How can you honestly argue a male to female ratio being a good reason to not have polygamy...That might be considered if EVERYONE was getting married...but...I just don't see its relevance. That's just adding more useless **** to the list of things we're "entitled" to or things that "ought to be fair".
Life. Isn't. Fair.
And I don't see why all these things people want legalized can't even be given a chance, all we do is speculate, one way or the other. We'll never know until we try.
also, Thomas Jefferson knocked up a slave girl. How's that for monogamy?
It might be justified if legalized polygamy actually had benefits, but nobody's really argued that it does.
The "you never know until you try" argument could be used for criminalization too, and I don't buy it. If we're going to change our legal code, there should be an actual reason why doing so would be a good thing.And I don't see why all these things people want legalized can't even be given a chance, all we do is speculate, one way or the other. We'll never know until we try.
He didn't marry her, so....also, Thomas Jefferson knocked up a slave girl. How's that for monogamy?