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  •  I get it (1+ / 0-)
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    SarekOfVulcan

    I don't agree with it, and I believe criminalizing prostitution is a ridiculous practice (and clearly a failed one) but I do understand that there are some things that are illegal for which it's hard to make a cogent argument for maintaining illegal status, but which just FEEL wrong.  And sometimes your gut instinct is the right one to follow.

    I am an Edwards Democrat.

    by ThirstyGator on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 09:18:00 AM PDT

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    •  I don't have a gut instinct here (6+ / 0-)

      As a straight, when I think about homosexuality, I feel that it is wrong for me.  But that doesn't stop me from saying that I have the right to tell other men that they shouldn't do it.  I recoil at the thought of telling other people what to do as a general rule, and especially when no one is really hurt by it.

      Same thing with prostitution.  I'm lucky enough to have a great wife, and don't need one.  But what if she passed away today?  Even dating would be impossible for a very long time.

      I don't see what's all that wrong with it.

    •  Yeah ... (0+ / 0-)

      sometimes.  But usually not.  "Gut instincts" are usually the result of early childhood socialization, and as such, are about as intellectually complete and rational as the mind of a six-year-old.

      Study after study after study has demonstrated that "instinctive" human thought is generally NOT rationally optimal.  That's why classical economic theory, which assumes "rational actors" is also usually wrong -- because most humans behave irrationally.

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