LA News Release, "No Controls on 'Violent Porn'" (August 2005)

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In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Tuesday 30 August 2005
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199,


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group, condemns the proposals by the British Government to make possession of "violent pornography" a criminal offence..

Libertarian Alliance spokesman, Dr Sean Gabb comments:

"There is no proven connection between pornography and sexual violence. There have been dozens of reputable studies. Not one has shown any connection. Indeed, the evidence is that access to pornography reduces sexual violence by providing an alternative release.

"Even if there were a connection, it is only a prompting. Between prompting and action, there must still be some process of deliberation. Anti-porn campaigners accuse adults of being robots who cannot resist any external impulse.

"In any event, if there is a connection between pornography and sexual violence, there is exactly the same kind of connection between reading the Koran and letting off bombs on the London Underground. Are we to censor the Koran on that argument?

"No - the anti-porn campaigners are anti-sex fanatics who will use any excuse to make other people as unhappy about sex as they are themselves.

"As for criminalising possession, this is a sinister extension of a sinister principle established by the last Conservative Government. It is not the business of the State to tell us what literature we can have at home. At the least, it gives another opportunity for the Police to plant evidence.

"The Libertarian Alliance denounces all censorship - whether of erotic material or of material deemed racist or sexist or homophobic or islamophobic. There should be no controls on the availability to adults of any literature. We believe in freedom of speech."


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

Extended Contact Details

The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at

Our postal address is

The Libertarian Alliance
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Tel: 07956 472 199