The Italian government vs Internet porn: flashback

I read today that the Italian government has decided to make a law against Internet porn. The proposal is technically so absurd that I don't even waste time commenting on it. But this thing caused me a flashback that goes back to my teenage years.

When I try to explain where I come from to a German sooner or later it turns out that the country of Peppone and Don Camillo (whom the Germans know well) was "in the same Lander". The next question is "but there was something true", and my answer is that the film was a serious version of how things really went. Follow anecdotes about a communist neighbor who proudly drove a red NSU Prinz and made "Fidel Castro coffee" by filling the coffee maker with grappa instead of water.

But this government thing against Internet porn reminds me of an episode that occurred in the 1980s. You should know that, while the press told you that in Emilia with the miraculous communist management everything was going well, we had a devastating heroin problem, completely analogous to the one that affected Lombardy at that time.

The village had, in those years, the sad record of the youngest heroin death in Italy. This upset everyone, to the point that we were tacitly invited to attend an afternoon meeting of the city council, and we were promised that in this way we could represent the young people's point of view.

In reality 'they made us believe those of' FGCI, who wanted to make believe that they have so much consensus among young people by showing many to the city council.

However, we arrived and sat in the "bad" chairs in front of the "standard" chairs with the table in front, which were arranged in a horseshoe with the mayor's desk in the center. I was with my " stianaz " friends, in the sense that we were the different ones. Video games instead of processing the hello engine, rock or dark shirts, slightly long hair, the first shirts kept out of pants, and other outrageous things like amphibians and / or earrings (clip, because the hole didn't make it). In the middle was the working but aspiring bourgeois claße with his sons Panozzi, and on the opposite side those of ACLI, of the types like that . (the advertisement came out later, but they were ahead of their time).

In short, the city council begins. The mayor begins to speak, thanking us for being there to listen , so we would have learned that democracy is blablabla.

Berlinguer had just died and the PCI had overtaken the Europeans the summer before. The mayor was from the PCI, but it matters little in context.

However, the mayor (PCI) speaks first, who condolences the family (in reality the deceased, our peer, was the son of a disaster, in which the father had never been and the mother was known to prostitute herself in a small hotel in front of a station of the Padane railways (sic!)) and then starts condemning all that drug culture that comes from Amerika, with films such as "Class of 1984" and "The warriors of the night" that instigate young people to drugs to distract them from the politics and struggles of their fathers. (I mean, we didn't go to SPIM anymore because of Hollywood, so we took drugs).

Since Amerika was named, the usual Christian Democrat had to take the floor, who condolences the family and then goes on to explain that the heroine had been invented by the Russians to spread in the USA to cause 1968 and then soften the soldiers Americans from Vietnam. So we were all victims of the crisis of values ​​desired by the communists. The proof was that Christiane F. in the boys of the Berlin Zoo tells of being born in East Germany and then emigrated to the West. In short, the drug comes from the East and Christiane F, or something like that, brought it. (I mean, we didn't go to church and read books full of communism, so we took drugs)

The socialists followed, who were a bit of a middle ground, the usual radical that we had to liberalize drugs and we took drugs because we couldn't buy marijuana. We were forced to buy heroin. In short, a shitty supply chain. Proletarian Democracy / Continuous Struggle saw in drugs the reflection of the usual bourgeois capitalism, and explained to everyone that not only the drug came from the USA, but was part of a larger plan, because in his opinion "in some large foreign factories they had started giving it to the workers in the canteens, under the control of the CIA ".

At this point, since it was not clear who the culprit was first, it got to the vote. The Communists won easily, and the matter was clarified with the scienphic method: they were clearly the Amerikans.

They also discussed sending a warning to Ronald Reagan. This was aborted because the only person in the country who could translate the letter into a foreign language knew only French but not Reagan's language.

But now be careful that the solution arrives. Why the junta starts a pippone of motion where it is said that "in order to permanently erase the plague of drugs", the following was available (I'm not sure I remember the numbers well, but they were about those)

  • He spent about 800,000 lire (I don't remember the change) for the local SPIM club, in which they would have "informed young people" that taking drugs is bad.
  • He spent about 600,000 lire for the local parish and its oratory, in order to explain to young people that taking drugs is bad.
  • Prohibited the only local sandwich shop (a newly opened bar, which followed the fashion of serving sandwiches – without smelly slices of salami or mortadella, as in the traditional one) to keep the tables outside after 21.00
  • He forbade the game room in the square to let minors under the age of 16 enter after 17 in the afternoon, under penalty of a fine.
  • The Province of Ferrara and the Padane railways were asked not to make valid season tickets outside of school hours, so that we could not take the littorina and go to Ferrara in the afternoon. (A boy alone miles away from town. Dangerous!)

all that was forbidden, apparently, was preparatory to drug dealing. The reasoning was: since certainly those linked to the PCI and even those from the oratory were not on drugs, THEN the thing had to come from the aggregation places NOT related to the party or the parish, AND THEN the panozzi and their sandwich shop, AND THEREFORE the games room in the square, and THEREFORE those who took the train to go and find the girl in neighboring countries and / or Ferrara, using the school-price season ticket.

In practice it was the rattle of parties that came from the "hot" years of politics, and they did not understand that from the early 80s their seats were empty and the "youth" tribes no longer did politics. Their youth movements were empty, and they lived on gimmicks, like inviting the kids to the city council with the leaflet "let's hear our voice", when in reality we could only listen (those who resisted until the end of the session).

Solved the heroin problem definitively (yes, ok, in the following years others died, I remember one because I chatted often, called Cio , but the problem had been solved. Definitely. Point.), We were dismissed. Now we knew how politics can deal with (and definitively solve) our problems.

As if no one else before had ever thought of telling young people that drugs are bad.

After many years, the Italian government arrives and behaves as that city council behaved. It takes a global phenomenon and claims to resolve it locally , simply with a single session of the city council. As if no one else has ever tried to stop internet porn before.

Here, these laws make me laugh. It is obvious that a city council will never be able to definitively solve the drug problem, which is a global problem, but those who believe they live in Hobbit County will always think they live in an area of ​​good people and good fathers family (with some exceptions of the local prostitute, of which no mention was made – nor social services were activated – in the press release, if not calling it "the family").

So the Italian government believes to reign in Hobbit County, where if the city council orders to put a "parental control" on the "porn content" (but here is Pillon talking, and I think there is no need to say anything more) then here is that Sauron is no longer our problem.

I'm not sure what parental control is in a torrent client, and how exactly it should be implemented. Since the porn houses are foreign and will respond with a ruckus, it should be the Italian ISPs. And since all porn sites use SSL, you will have to unpack the traffic and read the contents of the connections, to inject us into the parental control page.

Or, do you propose to put a modified client on ALL mobile phones to register each site visited and to put parental controls? Okay, apps that do this job exist, but young people get rid of it easily. Millions of adults who go to porn sites would be spied on. But how do you stop computers? Do you all force the installation of a blocker?

Maybe they will have to use filters on DNS.Ok. Even assuming that kids don't learn in 13 milliseconds to use encrypted DNS on https, which are free, do they have any idea how many domain names are registered for porn sites? And then, the videos themselves come from CDN.
Alternative, block IPs with BGP blackhole? No, porn sites are in load balancing with a pod system to make CDN pale.

The usual enlightened ones propose sex education in schools. I can say it won't work. I say this because my daughter has been doing sex education for 4 years now, first in a way suitable for children and then gradually more explicit and descriptive, and it won't work.

Because the approach is the medical one. Okay, my daughter knows all about puberty, she knows what happens to her, she knows what masturbation is, she knows that gays and lesbians and bisexual people exist, but presenting everything in the form of a medical or sociological question doesn't make sense, because 'teenagers aren't using porn to be educated on sex.

They are watching him to be educated in pleasure . But in sex education courses pleasure is presented in a medical way, in practice we talk about rubbing and stimulation of the nerves, but the problem is that sexuality today is not linked to reproduction, nor to stimulation of the nerves, and therefore cannot answer the key question:

what is sexual pleasure?

And when it comes to pleasure , left and right, illuminated and retrograde, are all bigoted in the same way.

So, in addition to producing a useless law that will produce nothing due to its technical impracticability, all that will be done is the usual useless discussion of the letter to be sent to Reagan to instruct him to stop with the spread of the drug.

But since on the left as on the right, in all ways, pleasure is a cultural taboo, it will certainly not be possible to arrange that schools teach pleasure in its facets, as well as at the time of the anecdote that I told one could not mention a prostitute, ex mother girl, totally unable to look after a son.

Because pleasure is the taboo, and if you wonder how you will explain it to your children, try to do an examination of conscience, and consider the fact that perhaps it would be better if your children explain it to you.

Because when it comes to pleasure, those who are not competent are not teenagers. They are the adults.

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