How liberalism leads to mandatory prostitution

If the following remarks seem coldblooded, since I’m expressing no outrage, it’s because there are some things that are beyond speech, even as they lend themselves to philosophical analysis. It has to do with the story that Germany is requiring a woman to work as a prostitute in order for her to maintain her unemployment benefits.

It is a new illustration of Jim Kalb’s thesis that whatever principle is the highest principle in a society tends over time to become the all-ruling principle, expressed in every area of life.

Germany doesn’t believe in God. Germany doesn’t believe in traditional morality. Germany believes in a non-judgmental equality of all values. Germany has legalized prostitution. At the same time, Germany has a comprehensive system of social protections, including a large unemployment program. People must take whatever jobs are available in order to to continue receiving unemployment benefits. A 25-year-old woman is told she must take a job as a prostitute to continue receiving benefits.

That result was inevitable. Once the Germans asserted the equality of all values, once they removed any basis on which to say that prostitution is wrong, there was no basis on which to say that, among the kinds of work people must take in order to keep their benefits, a woman shouldn’t be made to work as a prostitute. Q.E.D.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 01, 2005 11:57 AM | Send

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