Sometimes I wonder whether “getting the government out of our bedrooms” (supposedly accomplished by Lawrence v. Texas) wasn’t just a ruse so people could imagine they were more free.
Oh, that’s exactly what leftists are doing. It’s quite clear that they use the lure of sexual freedom to disguise their removal of personal freedom in every other area of life.
Let’s look at a little table that compares the degree to which the Left or the Right ideologically grants more freedom in a particular area. Blue indicates one side ideologically and consistently grants more freedom to the individual in that area. Red indicates the opposite. Grey or green indicates an area in which neither side is consistent. (For these purposes, libertarians are grouped with the Right. Although, there are so few libertarians it doesn’t alter the balance much.)
Kinda shocking to see it laid out like that, isn’t?
Most of these comparisons should be obvious. National security, police powers and recreational drugs are pretty much a wash. When in power, leftists have implemented or signed off on broad expansions of national-security powers. Those on the Right generally support more police power to combat ordinary crime but leftists support increased police power in matters of environmental enforcement and guns. The social conservatives on the Right and social engineers on the Left balance each other out in supporting drug laws. Libertarians on the Right and libertines on the Left balance each other out on ending the drug war.
As little as 30 years ago, the Left would have trounced the right on issues of free speech, yet today the Left is the source of almost all assaults on free speech. The Right seeks to impose traditional restrictions on pornographic speech, but leftist speech codes on campus, sensitivity training, gangs of leftist thugs shouting down non-leftist speakers on college campuses, hate-crime laws, the reimposition of content control on broadcasters via the “Fairness Doctrine”, etc., all reveal a Left that no longer defends free speech on critical political matters. Today, it is the Right that protects people’s right to engage in unpopular, stupid or hateful speech. The days when leftists fought to let the Nazis march in Skokie are long gone.
Only in the area of sexuality does the Left demonstrate a pronounced and consistent preference for individual decision-making. Why? I think it merely a matter of individual and group self-interest. Leftism as an ideology exists to provide a mechanism for advancing the economic interest and social status of articulate intellectuals. As an ideology leftism seeks to restrict the freedoms, especially the economic freedoms, of everyone who doesn’t work as an articulate intellectual, while at the same time maximizing the freedom of articulate intellectuals. Advocating sexual freedom, sometimes to the point of subsidizing irresponsibility, lets articulate intellectuals kill two birds with one stone. On a personal level it creates moral permission for individual leftists to make their own sexual decisions. For the group, it lets leftists collectively claim to be increasing personal freedom in one very powerful area (especially among the young) which disguises their destruction of individual choice in every other arena of life.
Most people forget that fascists, communists and the lesser tyrannies of the 20th Century did not initially rise to power as violent, mass-murdering police states. Instead, they began with economic control. They first controlled people’s access to material necessities: to jobs, to housing, to medical care, to education, etc. Only when they could control people’s material environment did they obtain the power to unleash the police state.
Leftists in the free world are driving us down the same path, albeit in slow motion. They do so by shifting language. They have defined “personal” to mean only those decisions that touch upon sex. Anything that doesn’t touch on sex is not personal and is therefore a matter subject to state control. With this definition they can claim to protect personal freedoms while locking down every other freedom. More and more people have to go hat-in-hand to politicians just get the basic necessities.
As you go through your day-to-day life, watch all the decisions that you make that influence your total quality of life. Each time you make such a decision, ask yourself if a leftist would let you make that decision if they had the power to stop you. Would they let you have your house, your job, your car, your food, your random stuff? Would they let you run your own business? Would they protect your right to free speech if they disagreed with you? Would they let you educate your children as you see fit? Would they let you have input on your minor children’s reproductive choices?
Finally, Ask yourself how many of those decisions would you trade for your sex life?
The Left has learned the first truth of marketing: Sex sells. In their case, it sells the incremental loss of real freedom.