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Italian porn tax

2005-12-08 20:54:04.147001+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Italian lawmakers consider 20% porn tax:

"I believe the porn tax is important not for moralistic reasons, which don't concern me, but because I think that at a time of difficult economic conditions for families it is right to tax products that are not essential," lawmaker Daniela Santache was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

So why not include, say, mainstream movies and music?

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-12-11 03:56:02.325413+00 by: concept14

I'd be interested to hear comments on this from the alternate universes where Ayn Rand or Audre Lourde, instead of writing about lipstick or poetry respectively, maintained that porn is not a luxury.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-12-11 05:28:27.53157+00 by: Dan Lyke

The problem with defining anything as "luxury" or "not essential" is that at some point more than 1800 calories a day and a vaguely temperature controlled environment is luxury. Everything else is lifestyle choice and, to some degree or another, "luxury".

Porn is just an easy target because it's hard to get people to stand up for it.