Obscene books

If the Supreme Court can't define obscenity, why would you think I can?
Obscene Books
Holy McGillicuddy!

The idea of parents suing school teachers for exposing their children to books the parents don’t like perplexes me. Why don’t the parents just move their child to a different teacher, or to a different school, that will only expose their children to the books the parents approve of?

After all, if the parents of all the other children in the room have no problem with the books, it should be an indicator that opinions differ. This situation arises frequently in our everyday lives, and we don’t have to settle our disputes with lawsuits. Think of movies, as an example. Parents can decide which movies are suitable for their children, and not take them to movies they disapprove of. The movies aren’t banned, they just attract a different set of viewers (and if there aren’t enough viewers, the movies disappear from the theaters, no lawsuits are needed).

If you read my ‘Education’ issue you will see my opinion that public schools, with their near monopoly position, are what cause the problem. Government itself has created the obscene books problem by imposing its good intentions on everyone, rather than letting every person be free to choose for themselves. The unintended consequence is that parents are fighting over books, rather than just choosing teachers with whom they agree.

A libertarian world truly is much simpler, and creates better results for everyone.

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