THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED

coercion-1024x751Article by Barbara Cornell.

Syndicated from Barbara Cornell’s personal blog.

Name the element that differs between the following sets of ideas:

1) Sex and rape.
2) Cooperation and coercion.
3) Traveling companions and kidnappers/hostages.
4) Charity and forced redistribution.

The difference?

Consent.

Consent is a small word, but the power of it is immense.

Something that is good, pure and beautiful becomes evil, corrupt and ugly by removing the simple item: consent.

If a woman joyfully has sex with her husband but objects when a stranger takes sex from her by force, does that make her a hypocrite? The mechanics are basically the same. So what’s the difference?

Consent.

If a man agrees to take a trip with a friend but objects when the same person binds him, gags him, throws him in the trunk of a car and takes him to the same place, does that make him a hypocrite?

If a person cheerfully gives of her resources to someone who needs help but objects when her resources are taken from her by force and given to the same person, does that make her a hypocrite?

Consent.

It’s a simple concept.

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