Tulsi Gabbard is turning out to be the most anti-statist of any of the presidential candidates (a very low standard to say the least). She has also introduced legislation to end federal marijuana prohibition as well. For many years, I have argued that the central focus of anarchists, libertarians, and anti-statists should be opposing US imperialism in the international realm, and opposing the so-called “criminal justice system” (police state), prison-industrial complex, over criminalization, war on drugs, “consensual crime” laws,” surveillance state, anti-terrorism laws, etc. as opposed to the Left’s focus on identity politics, environmentalism, and expanding the welfare state, and mainstream libertarianism’s focus on opposing the welfare state. We should also be striving to take the anti-gun control issue away from the patriotic, cop-loving, military-worshipping reactionary right, and frame gun control as means of oppressing the poor and minorities (which it clearl is).
By Dominic Holden
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic presidential contender from
Hawaii, told BuzzFeed News unequivocally she wants to decriminalize sex
work, asserting a clear position on an enormous underground industry
that’s largely ignored by American politicians.
“If a consenting
adult wants to engage in sex work, that is their right, and it should
not be a crime,” Gabbard said. “All people should have autonomy over
their bodies and their labor.“
Most candidates in the 2020 race
have skirted the issue, including President Donald Trump, but questions
about sex work are beginning to chase the Democratic presidential pack.
embrace of the issue comes just days after Sen. Bernie Sanders was
asked for his position and didn’t have one. “That’s a good question, and
I don’t have an answer for that,” he told The Breakfast Club.
asked in late February if she supports decriminalization, Sen. Kamala
Harris, who opposed a sex work decriminalization measure in 2008, told the Root, “I think so. I do.”
The White House didn’t answer questions from BuzzFeed News last year about whether Trump thought sex work or paying for sex should be legal. Nor would officials say if the president supported the Justice Department busting a website accused of posting sex work ads.