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Russia banning porn?

Is the old ‘puritanical’ Russia making a comeback?

A commenter on Irish Savant’s blog links to a piece on the Jim Stone blog here which reports that Russia has apparently banned pornography.

I waited to comment on this until the MSM actually admitted it. It is still not being allowed to be huge news, but Russia really did ban porn. On top of that, Russia has released a huge team of trolls to bash anyone who argues about it online into oblivion. Here are the details, which you probably can’t find covered in one spot and this is not a “rumor”.

Russia has banned every single porn web site that does not require an identified log in to access. The MSM is focusing on Pornhub and Youporn, but as it turns out, the real deal is that ALL OF IT is blocked except for porn sites that require paid membership with log in, (and maybe those are gone next).”

Well, this sounds as though it is not technically banned, but the measures will require paying to view the sites and logging in to access the material.

Only those above 45 years old or so are likely to know that the old Communist regimes, even Communist China, were not at all tolerant of what was then (correctly) called ‘vice.’ When the Communist party took over China in the late 1940s, there was a campaign to ‘eradicate’ prostitution. It was not until the liberalizing reforms of the 1980s that this policy changed. The old Soviet Union, too, was not tolerant of vice of whatever kind, and this seemed to cause Western governments to become very defensive of the corruption in our countries, claiming that it merely represented our ‘liberty.’

It would be interesting if this reported crackdown on pornography proved to be a harbinger of a new direction in Russia, away from Western-style libertinism. Now it seems that even the ”right” in our country is supportive of various vices as part of the heritage of ‘freedom’ and personal choice. Now, the contrast to this is provided by Islam, with its overzealous prudishness and harsh laws. Now even the ‘conservatives’ in America are happy to defend homosexualism and porn as part of ‘the American way of life’, as being what our forefathers fought and died to preserve. I am not going to defend Islam’s harsh system of ‘morality’, nor do I necessarily countenance the police states practices of the old U.S.S.R., but surely there has to be a happy medium between tolerating anything and everything as in todays’s Western, ex-Christian societies, and too-stringent efforts at censorship. It’s not an all-or-nothing choice.

Some of the vices, like the so-called ”oldest profession” and pornography in some form, have likely always existed, and that because mankind is flawed and sin-prone from birth. Hoping to eradicate them once and for all by passing laws against them is unrealistic, just as we can never end war by outlawing it, or end crime by having ‘anti-crime’, anti-violence marches and protests as we see in so many cities in America. As if crime and violence will ever go away, as if they can be wished away.

But to give up any attempt at limiting vice and deviancy seems to be having a very damaging effect on our society. Just because we can’t totally eliminate them does not mean that we must tolerate it all, in the name of ‘liberty.’

One thought occurs to me, though: if Putin really is cracking down on porn, will this mean that he will lose some of his fans in this country? Many on the ‘right’ admire Putin though he is apparently more socially conservative than is acceptable to many of his fans.

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2 thoughts on “Russia banning porn?

  1. Many on the ‘right’ admire Putin though he is apparently more socially conservative than is acceptable to many of his fans.

    Putin is a lot smarter than most western “conservatives” – he can see that degeneracy is killing the West and he doesn’t intend to allow it to kill Russia.

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