- Jordan Stella
- Roscoe, IL
- United States
Should governments be allowed to criminalize victimless acts?
If a certain act causes no harm to others (be it social, economic, political, etc) should it be considered a crime? Modern governments have decided that certain acts (i.e. drug use, pornography, gambling, prostitution) are illegal, despite the fact that they are victimless crimes.
I believe the government has no right to criminalize conduct consensually agreed to between adults that cause no direct harm to others. I believe in people taking responsibility for their own lives and oppose paternalistic government. As a result, I support the immediate decriminalization of marijuana, prostitution, pornography, gambling and other victimless crimes.
I'd love to hear an argument that could persuade me to change my point of view.