There are only two states of mind in which life is worth living: the supreme joy of having a religion, and the supreme anguish of having lost one.
Erostratus: An Essay on the Destiny of Literary Works
Anyone who finds public debates frustrating will find no exception here. We can only marvel that pornography has survived and is still tolerated, given that it has been so universally condemned; indeed, it is really only talked about when it is being attacked. Its denunciations have been frequent, rigorous, and diverse. They have come from all quarters, and have been widely heard from some fairly impressive platforms. And yet all these criticisms seem to run into so many brick walls, for, despite all the negative things that have been said about pornography, in the end nothing much has been done about it, and the apparently unanimous denunciations have resulted in nothing but a few timid laws and vague restrictions.
The principal strength of a brick wall being silence, we look in vain for a public speech in defence of pornography. There have been those who have spoken out in the name of liberty, of course; those who have said they dislike pornography but hate censorship, or that they hope that by treating it as a necessary evil it will go away of its own accord. But no one dares to stand up and say that pornography has anything good to recommend it.
By saying that pornography is evil and that freedom of expression is