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Benedetto Croce wrote that the peculiar genius of European culture was its, "religion of liberty." See below for the latest buds on liberty's tree. There dawn days when so-called right-wing extremism makes good moral and strategic sense. Of course, tactically it's illegal, and I could never endorse that.

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The nation’s tough anti-pedophilia laws are unfair to pedophiles, according to an op-ed published by The New York Times’ editors.

“One can live with pedophilia and not act on it,” says Margo Kaplan, an entrepreneurial assistant law professor at Rutgers University, and a former lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Kaplan says criminal law should be changed so that pedophiles are only stigmatized or denied jobs if law school graduates agree that they pose a “direct threat” to children.

That could be a bonanza for law school graduates, because they’d be paid to argue over whether the hiring of a particular pedophile for a particular job is a direct threat to particular children.

But this shift would be a loss for the 99 percent of non-pedophile American citizens and voters, because it would eliminate their longstanding civil right to simply and cheaply exclude pedophiles from mainstream society or from jobs near children.

That right would be handed over to the hourly-paid law school graduates, including judges, defense lawyers, arbitrators and prosecutors, if Kaplan’s career plan becomes law.

On January 14 of this year, the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled, “ Pedophilia once was thought to stem from psychological influences early in life. Now, many experts view it as a deep-rooted predisposition that does not change.” The piece starts out with a story about one Paul Christiano, who, as a young child, was fascinated by girls... We’re then told that while Christiano grew up, his sexual tastes didn’t. Christiano is the “sympathetic character,” mind you, the hapless soul meant to put a human face on pedophilia. But now consider what he said about unsuccessful court-ordered therapy he was forced to undergo after being caught with child pornography in 1999. As the Times reported, “‘These people felt they could snuff out the desire, or shame me into denying it existed,”

Life gives only the choice of victory or defeat. It does not grant the luxury of war or peace."---Oswald Spengler


you just made me yawn again, prof. jj