[Marxism] Prostitution and socialism

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Sat Jun 30 13:58:57 MDT 2012

On Jun 30, 2012, at 3:24 PM, Bonnie Weinstein wrote:
> I think this is a serious question. I think the solution--with  
> prostitution and drug addiction--is to decriminalize them. Not to  
> make them legal, and continue the exploitation, legally; but to  
> treat these street crimes and addictions as a disease.

The "decriminalize but not legalize" meme is, to put it gently,  
nonsense.  If taking money for erotic services or smoking marijuana  
are not crimes, then they are legal activities. Only in a tyranny  
(exemplified by Stalinist Russia and Maoist China) is it the case that  
what is not explicitly authorized is forbidden.  If laws criminalizing  
erotic and psychopharmaceutical commerce are to be repealed then a  
regulatory and taxation regime has to be devised for them.  Socialists  
(other than Stalinoid authoritarians) will insist on the formation of  
erotic-worker cooperatives as the main regulatory form for erotic  
commerce, and public-health regulation (using taxation as its main  
tool) of each and every mind-altering substance in strict  
correspondence to its actual individual and social dangers (refined  
sugar, tobacco, and alcohol being the most dangerous drugs, cannabis  
by far the least).  "Decriminalizing" in favor of compulsory disease- 
management "to treat these street crimes and addictions as a disease"  
is just putting  white coats on the narcs and the vice squad and  
calling the jails and concentration camps  "hospitals" and  
"reeducation centers."

Shane Mage

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