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“I still don’t care. I still think that zoophile porn—like drawn stuff—it should be 100 percent legal,” the self-styled “libertarian socialist” stated at first.
“In fact, and this is going to be a real hot take, I had to hear a convincing moral or legal argument as to why possession of child pornography should be illegal,” Vaush continued, emphasizing “actual child pornography.”
“How does this guy ‘Vaush’ have such a massive audience on YouTube when he’s calling for the legalization of child porn?”The Post Millennial‘s Ian Miles Cheong questioned on Twitter.
Vaush possesses almost 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and is considered by peers to be the apex of careerist grifters on the platform’s political side.
In October 2019, he tweeted that as a leftist, he is “fiercely opposed to economic exploitation,” claiming that “buying child porn isn’t at all dissimilar to buying from monstrous transnational corporation, who hurt millions of children through economic exploitation.”
Vaush’s tweet followed controversy which emerged after hedebatedthe YouTuber Richard Burgess earlier that October, a vegan bodybuilder who goes by the screen name Vegan Gains.
In the debate, Vaush compared purchasing child pornography to purchasing a computer, since some of the material used in the creation of the computer may have involved the use of slavery.
“I bought my computer, and the silicon in it was farmed in Africa by slaves. If I can do that, and that’s legal, and nobody is gonna call me out on my sh*t, then yeah, I have to be consistent in that respect.”
Burgess pressed Vaush on the matter. “Do you really think it’s reasonable to equate something like buying something that might cause some amount of cruelty or exploitation in the world that you need for your job just to be able to, like, not be homeless, to something you are buying purely for very shallow personal pleasure that causes horrible, irreparable damage to somebody lifelong?” Burgess inquired.
Vaush replied that both slavery and child pornography are very exploitative, and that it is hypocritical to criticize purchasing the latter while not condemning people for economically supporting the former.
He further argued that it is impossible to go your entire life without making any purchases which are not exploitative, and that nobody should be morally condemned for failing to live up to the standard of not supporting exploitation.
Vaush hasalso arguedthat the age of consent would be lowered in the socialist society he envisions, arguing that “the age of consent exists out of respect for numerous power imbalances older people have over younger people. As those imbalances are redressed [through] the advent of socialism, the age of consent should [therefore] be lowered.”
Individuals like this being afforded to spread this hugely inflammatory content, especially when it come to child sexual abuse and exploitation material, should not be permitted on any Social Media platform.
Given that many of the followers exist in a filter bubble and an echo chamber regarding the type of content they are exposed to online, this created an exceptionally fertile ground for radicalism.
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