Miscellany talk:Statements by libertarians concerning child pornography
Researching the 2008 controversy yields some real gems, e.g. Wes Benedict's sarcastic statement "I think the most important thing to do is to panic and react immediately. That’s a sign of good leadership and usually yields optimal results. Strike while the iron is hot and panting heavily. This will help keep the topic alive and help solidify in the minds of people the relationship between the Libertarian Party, pornography, and child sex, even though we’ll spend most of our time denying it."
Also, Stephan Kinsella's remarks, "This is why I hate political activism and electoral politics. The desperate attempts to seem respectable, the constant disingenuous smearing of more principled opponents as racists or pro-pedophiles, the selling out of even Constitutional government to hysterical federal wars on terrorism and child porn, and under-the-belt punches. It’s all very disgusting."
The list goes on. This was a real test of whether people were willing to stand for principle, or whether they would flinch and run away screaming, or even use the situation opportunistically as a means of attacking their political rivals. Even Ruwart, though, made some rather ignorant comments in the second, third and fourth sentences of the last paragraph quoted here. However, she's the most radical candidate around, so what can one do. Leucosticte (talk) 20:31, 28 January 2014 (EST)