On June 11th, Tom Stevens, the Personal Freedom Party candidate for NYC Public Advocate, called for the immediate decriminalization of sexual service contracts. Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party of the United States and its 2008 and 2012 presidential candidate, was also the former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPA), a tenure lasting from April 2012 to June 2013. During his time as state chair, his tenure was marked with a great deal of controversy, which was well chronicled on IPR.
Here are parts of his statement:
Sexual and physical pleasure are desired by men and women alike. Many times consenting adults engage in activities that lead to acts creating that physical pleasure, such as dating, going to clubs, entering into a relationship or even marrying. However, there are times when individuals may seek to get right down to business without having to pay the ancillary transaction costs associated with obtaining that sexual and physical pleasure. If two consenting adults choose to enter into a written or oral contract for the provision of sexual services, they should be able to do so without their being identified as criminals, arrested, fined, jailed and possibly shamed all because some people might consider paying for sexual pleasure immoral. If no one is being harmed by the activity and the people involved seek the transaction, then it should not be any business of the government to try to stop it and tax money should certainly not be spent trying to eradicate this victimless crime…
…The seller of sexual services can charge a flat fee or can offer an itemized list of special services that are available for a fee. The contract can provide for the provider to dress up as a French maid, a High School Cheerleader, a Fraternity Pledge Master, a Prep School Geek and can cater to whatever a person’s fantasies and/or fetishes may be. The encounter may or may not involve sexual acts or physical pleasure but that is up to the parties to decide. New businesses will open, more people will be legally employed and the government will be able to get its nose out of where it doesn’t belong.
The Personal Freedom Party is a creation of Stevens’. At a convention on May 11, 2013, the party nominated Stevents for New York City Public Advocate, Sam Sloan for Mayor and Kristin Davis for Comptroller. The Personal Freedom Party has no website, but does have a Facebook page (which currently only has one “like”, Stevens himself). From the party description on Facebook:
The Personal Freedom Party was founded by Dr. Tom Stevens on June 6, 2010. Its initial focus has been to recruit candidates to run for pubic office as well as to seek out pro-liberty individuals willing to serve in leadership positions.
The Personal Freedom Party Platform (adopted on 11/5/10) includes support for the:
Legalization of Marijuana
Decriminalization of Prostitution
Legalization of Gambling
Lowering of the Voting Age
Legalization of Gay Marriage
Elimination of Excessive Taxation
Elimination of Excessive Regulation
On November 11, 2010, the Personal Freedom Party adopted the following Slogan:
Tell Your Children! Fight The Menace! Kill The Devil! Save The Country!
The phrase was used in the song “Reefer Madness” from Reefer Madness: The Musical, which is a musical satire of the 1938 cult movie classic Tell Your Children (now commonly referred to as Reefer Madness).
Personal Freedom Party Facebook page:
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