There is a thesis I have. It says that the Right Brain just understands things and keeps it all in context. Part of that job is realizing when blindly following “The Rules” is just crazy. The Left Brain is the linear logical rule based brain. It thinks any and all rules, if properly accepted, must be right and can be mixed in any stew. The Right Brain is were we get the “You must be kidding?” response. The Left Brain is where we get the “You have been ordered to… and must obey the rules” from various stupid government agencies.
Unfortunately, our education system has been ever more focused on training Left Brain behaviours and ideals and tossing out Right Brain ones for decades. ( Cutting Sports, Music, Home Economics, Shop and Mechanics, etc. ). Coupled with the deemphasis on religion and we are ever more a ‘paint by numbers’ society of non-thinkers with rule based behaviours.
So I was running down a link chain on unemployment, and hit this link about Germany. Seems they made Prostitution Legal. Hey, why not, thinks the Libertarian in me. Somebody wants to sell and someone else wants to buy, what’s my part in it? What I’d failed to consider is that this freedom is being embedded inside a coercive Central Planning Government. One where Labor Departments decide when and what jobs you ought to be qualified for…
So, if you are unemployed, you can get unemployment benefits. UNLESS you turn down a job offer. And since prostitution is now legal… Yes, that’s right: Hit the bed and spread ’em or they could decide no unemployment check for you!
(I wonder if they have a sex discrimination law? Age discrimination? Could an old out of work fat guy demand “equal rights” and insist on being hired by the shop? I’m pretty sure I’d not be chosen from the nightly “line up”… Just saying… ;-)
I can only hope this article is mistaken, that it’s all some kind of mistake. There is a wiki claiming that prostitution is legal in Germany:
But it looks like there is nothing they will not tax in the EU, and it looks like if you don’t “perform” enough, you could be driven out of the “profession” by the base tax:
Prostitution is legal in Germany. Prostitutes may work as regular employees with contract, though the vast majority work independently. Brothels are registered businesses that do not need a special brothel license; if food and alcoholic drinks are offered, the standard restaurant license is required.
Prostitutes have to pay income taxes and have to charge VAT for their services, to be paid to the tax office. In practice, prostitution is a cash business and taxes are not always paid, though enforcement has recently been strengthened. The Länder North Rhine-Westfalia, Baden Württemberg and Berlin have initiated a system where prostitutes have to pay their taxes in advance, a set amount per day, to be collected and paid to tax authorities by the brothel owners. North Rhine-Westfalia charges 25 euros per day per prostitute, while Berlin charges 30 euros. In May 2007 authorities were considering plans for a uniform country-wide system charging 25 euros per day.
The first city in Germany to introduce an explicit prostitution tax was Cologne. The tax was initiated early in 2004 by the city council led by a coalition of the conservative CDU and the leftist Greens. This tax applies to striptease, peep shows, porn cinemas, sex fairs, massage parlors, and prostitution. In the case of prostitution, the tax amounts to 150 euros per month and working prostitute, to be paid by brothel owners or by privately working prostitutes. (The area Geestemünder Straße mentioned above is exempt.) Containment of prostitution was one explicitly stated goal of the tax. In 2006 the city took in 828,000 euros through this tax.
Of course, The Greens were involved in taxing it… So let me get this straight: The government is going to tell you to go “Get Fxxx” and then they tax you for it too? Sounds about right to me…
some quotes from the article (that is, admittedly a couple of years old, so maybe it’s been ‘fixed’ by now:
‘If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits’
By Clare Chapman
12:01AM GMT 30 Jan 2005
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.
BTW, that “waitress” was an unemployed “I.T. Professional” who was willing to work in a bar if that was all there was…
Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.
The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.
How about just asking the employer if “sex is part of the job”? Too hard for a government worker, I guess…
Sidebar on “Forces”: I’m using “forces” the same way it is used in Climate Science. Such a “forcing” may be nothing other than a hypothetical that has never been actually observed to happen. In classical English one would have said “could cause” or “could drive” or “could advocate”. Similarly we would talk about a particular real force by name, such as saying “gravity causes things to fall”. As now the standard is ‘gravity forcing’ causes things to fall or ‘CO2 forcing’ will end the planet: it seems perfectly logical to me to extend it into other areas of the language. So “Germany forces prostitution” in the same way that “CO2 forces warming” and other “forcings” are implied to happen based on a hypothetical potential…
“They are already prepared to push women into jobs related to sexual services, but which don’t count as prostitution,” she said.
“Now that prostitution is no longer considered by the law to be immoral, there is really nothing but the goodwill of the job centres to stop them from pushing women into jobs they don’t want to do.”
Government mandated morality, or mandated lack of it, is just crazy. It comes from the simultaneous solution of a bunch of disjoint laws and rulings with no moral center and a schizoid foundation. It is fickle and authoritarian at the same time it is brain dead. And folks in the EU wonder why we want a “minimal government of limited powers”.
I wonder how long it will be before someone gets the bright idea to “open a new brothel” and call in candidates just for “interviews / tryouts”…