On Pornography: Concurring and Dissenting Opinions

with Stanley Kauffman, Wilson Carey McWilliams, and Marshall Cohen; Public Interest (Winter 1971).


The civil libertarian position on obscenity is that if we forget about it, it will go away. We aren’t told to admire the king’s beautiful cloak. We are told not to care whether he has one on or not. Walter Berns is the little boy who said the king is naked, and added that it makes a hell of a difference.

National Affairs [pdf]