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    Porn censorship - the government believes it can control the web when countries around the world, including N Korea, find it incredibly difficult.

    Age restrictions on films and games - let parents decide.

    Age we can buy alcohol - government decides.

    Want to smoke - government decides when.

    Want to have a piercing or tattoo - government decides when and where.

    What makes the government's moral compass better to the moral compass of each person who should be able to decide for themselves what they want to do?
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    Because the government was elected by a mandate of the people.

    Democratically decided truths outweigh the opinions of so-called "experts", let alone everyone else.

    You shouldn't raise your kids in a way that the majority of other people disapprove of.
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    (Original post by AngeryPenguin)
    Because the government was elected by a mandate of the people.

    Democratically decided truths outweigh the opinions of so-called "experts", let alone everyone else.
    The things I used as examples were personal experiences affecting the individual doing them only. There isn't a reason why the mass of people electing the government should decide at what age I should be able to watch a certain film.
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    A governing body, consisting of various educated individuals representing the masses.

    Regulation. Law. Tax.

    Some people are not able to make moral decisions, decisions that could affect others.
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    Want to have a piercing or tattoo - government decides when and where.
    You don't think there should be some kind of regulation on a business that, if mishandled, could give you serious illnesses?

    There's freedom and there's stupidity...
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    You don't think there should be some kind of regulation on a business that, if mishandled, could give you serious illnesses?

    There's freedom and there's stupidity...
    Regulate the premises by all means. Don't regulate the age at which I can get one and the part of my body it goes on
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    Regulate the premises by all means. Don't regulate the age at which I can get one and the part of my body it goes on
    Er. They don't.


    Don't waste your time railing against laws that don't exist...
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    There should be protection for people who don't know any better (children) and don't have responsible parents. If a child wants to drink and smoke and their parents don't care enough to stop them do you really think they should be allowed?
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    Regulate the premises by all means. Don't regulate the age at which I can get one and the part of my body it goes on

    Age influences the variables. Cognitive development.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Er. They don't.


    Don't waste your time railing against laws that don't exist...
    They do with piercings if you're under 16.
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    They do with piercings if you're under 16.
    (Original post by YouGov)
    Despite many piercing salons imposing their own age restrictions for body piercings, there is no legal age restriction for any kind of piercing in England and Wales
    Check again
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    Porn censorship - the government believes it can control the web when countries around the world, including N Korea, find it incredibly difficult.

    Age restrictions on films and games - let parents decide.

    Age we can buy alcohol - government decides.

    Want to smoke - government decides when.

    Want to have a piercing or tattoo - government decides when and where.

    What makes the government's moral compass better to the moral compass of each person who should be able to decide for themselves what they want to do?
    I mean we are the ones who put them in power, so we should have been concerned with their intentions previously to elections. If we are talking about governments in general then its more an issue of paternalism, where we should ask if we are being forced into certain decisions or whether we actually have a choice. The adoption of choice architecture and nudge theory should be generally accepted amongst society as it intends to better wellbeing, maybe the government should adopt more subtle techniques but generally, they have our best interests at heart, consequently trust should be considered a key factor surrounding the debate.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Check again
    I did...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42872192
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    (Original post by Drewski)
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    There is for genital piercings.
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    Porn censorship - the government believes it can control the web when countries around the world, including N Korea, find it incredibly difficult.

    Age restrictions on films and games - let parents decide.

    Age we can buy alcohol - government decides.

    Want to smoke - government decides when.

    Want to have a piercing or tattoo - government decides when and where.

    What makes the government's moral compass better to the moral compass of each person who should be able to decide for themselves what they want to do?
    Are you arguing that there should be no rules on these things, or that government is the wrong body to determine the rules? Both cases are difficult to make. The rules are there to protect vulnerable people, although I wouldn't necessarily put porn in the same category as (for example) smoking. If governments that are elected via a democratic process don't make the rules, who should?
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    It's Wales. Who cares...



    But principle stands. If you don't like the laws, vote out the people who set them.
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    • "Introduce a prohibition on the intimate piercing of persons under the age of 16 years" - Public Health (Wales) Act 2017





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    (Original post by AngeryPenguin)
    Because the government was elected by a mandate of the people.

    Democratically decided truths outweigh the opinions of so-called "experts", let alone everyone else.

    You shouldn't raise your kids in a way that the majority of other people disapprove of.

    This is wrong on so many levels.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Are you arguing that there should be no rules on these things, or that government is the wrong body to determine the rules? Both cases are difficult to make. The rules are there to protect vulnerable people, although I wouldn't necessarily put porn in the same category as (for example) smoking. If governments that are elected via a democratic process don't make the rules, who should?
    Nobody is arguing the government (as it stands currently) shouldn't have the power to do these things - it has a mandate, go for it...

    What I and I'd like to think many other people are arguing, is that a high level of individual autonomy is extremely important is a democratic society, and that regulations often have the reverse effect. Stringent regulations are rarely a good thing, especially for something like porn or films.
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    Would the OP rather that 13 year olds could buy alcohol? I can't say I'd be impressed if my 13 year old was able to just go and buy alcohol like that and just get drunk down the park.
 
 
 

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