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Larry Flynt Left a Horrific Legacy of Normalizing and Spreading Degrading Porn

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Larry Flynt, the longtime publisher of hardcore porn magazine Hustler, passed away last week at age 78. Leftists are eulogizing him as a defender of free speech for getting away with publishing a disgusting cartoon in 1983 about the late televangelist Larry Falwell. The U.S. Supreme Court declared in an 8-0 ruling that the cartoon was protected by the First Amendment since Falwell was a public figure and a reasonable person would realize it was a parody. A movie was made about it in 1996, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” which was so well done that many people were inclined to think favorably about him.

 

But this was a small part of what he was about. Flynt’s main legacy was expanding pornography from the softcore porn popularized by Hugh Hefner in Playboy to the far more degrading, disgusting industry it has become today. 

 

Despite how raunchy porn has become, society tries to sugarcoat what’s happened to it, in part because there are so many people addicted to it today. A study cited in Psychology Today found that 94% of men had looked at porn within the last six months, with 82% of men admitting they viewed it regularly. Porn is so prevalent now that Flynt’s death didn’t even get that much attention, he’s just one of thousands peddling smut. 

 

But there are serious problems associated with porn because it is an addiction. Eventually it leads to an inability to concentrate and hold a job, erectile dysfunction and problems maintaining real life romantic relationships. A quarter of porn addicts in one survey reported negative effects on their jobs.

 

Porn has evolved into a common theme where men degrade women and the women act like they enjoy it. But as former porn stars and exposés about the industry have revealed, the women do not enjoy the rough treatment. This translates into complications for men and women in real relationships. The men are looking for an illusion; a perfect looking airbrushed woman who enjoys rough sex. Women are expected to put up with men’s symptoms of being porn addicts. And sometimes it’s the other way around, the woman is addicted to porn. The Family Research Council looked at multiple studies and concluded, “A case could be made that repeated viewing of pornography induces a mental illness in matters sexual.”

 

The explosion of pornography has led to the destruction of marriages and made it difficult to find partners who aren’t damaged by it. It’s difficult to cure the addiction, and addicts don’t feel like they need to since society tells them it’s acceptable. 

 

Addicts say they can’t get by without looking at porn, but porn hasn’t been around until recently; cavemen existed fine for thousands of years without it. Some defend it by saying it doesn’t victimize anyone, it only affects the person viewing it. But that ignores the women who are taken advantage of and damaged in the porn industry, the significant others and family of an addict, and the underage youth who come into contact with it. The effects of porn on children is far worse than on adults due to their developing brains.

 

Flynt, who described his political views as “progressively liberal,” couldn’t stand President Trump. He offered up to $1 million before the 2016 election to anyone who could provide video or audio recordings of Trump engaging in illegal or “sexually demeaning or derogatory” activity. During the impeachment proceedings of former president Bill Clinton, he offered $1 million for evidence of sexual scandals involving conservative or Republican politicians. That led to the resignation of incoming House Speaker Bob Livingston. 

 

Probably the only conservative he ever endorsed was Mark Sanford, who ran for Congress in 2013 after being caught having an extramarital affair. Flynt gushed, “His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support.”

 

Flynt left a trail of misery wherever he went. One of his daughters despised him. Tonya Flynt-Vega became a Christian and anti-pornography activist, writing about a book entitled Hustled, where she alleged that Flynt sexually abused her as a child. Married five times, Flynt’s fourth wife was dying of AIDs at age 33 when she drowned in their bathtub.   

 

Flynt’s death is a reason for mourning. For the mourning of what his legacy of porn has done to society.

 

Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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How To Live The Best Christian Life

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What does it mean to live well in this world? For many, they root the worldly answer to this question in vanity and materialism. Fortunately, the authority of God’s word has an answer for us. Society and sometimes our own ego’s tell us how important it is to be successful. Our modern world usually defines success as earning more money, getting a big house, a nice car, a boat, maybe even an airplane. Success could mean climbing the promotion ladder at your job, or having a very successful business. For many, they define success in how many “followers” or “likes” they have on their social media platform. Yet, as people gain these successes, many of them are searching still for more happiness and meaning.

Americans of all economic backgrounds are left with a void. According to a Time Magazine story, suicide rates are higher than at any other time since World War I. A Harvard report informs us of an “Astounding increase in antidepressant use by Americans.” This type of sad news informs us that even as citizens of the richest nation in the world, more cars, boats, bigger houses, career advances, etc…. are not enough to make us happy. So what can people do to discover fulfillment and success independent of the material? Luckily, God’s word provides us with the answer. The wonderful youtube channel, The Bible Project, does an excellent job of providing succinct overviews of each book of the Bible. Their take on Ecclesiastes is an instructive guide to aid us in how to live the best Christian life.

The Book of Ecclesiastes explains three observations about our world. The first is father time:

Generations come, and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course…
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them. – Ecclesiastes 1 ( 4-6, 11) (NIV)

In the grand expanse of the universe, we are just a speck. Everything that is so important to us right now: our careers, our bank accounts, our cars, our “successes” mean nothing in the big picture of God’s eternal plan. Our earthly existence is just a quick flash. A small drop in an enormous ocean of time.

The second observation form Ecclesiastes is that we will all die and return to dust and that our concerns while here on earth are relatively meaningless.
Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. -Ecclesiastes (19-21) (NIV)

The third observation we learn from Ecclesiastes is that life is random. :

The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come. Ecclesiastes 9, 11-12 (NIV)

The lesson here is that life is way too complex for us to try and control and attempting to do so sets us up for failure and disappointment. These three observations can make life seem pretty dark and pointless. The author explains that everything in life is hevel. This is a Hebrew word meaning vapor or smoke. And like smoke, life can look like one thing, but quickly change into another form. You can reach out and try to grab (control) both smoke and life to no avail.

Modern biblical translations miss the smoke metaphor and usually translate hevel to the word meaningless. However, the author of Ecclesiastes isn’t suggesting that life has no meaning, but that instead, life can be unclear (like smoke). Just like standing in a smoky room, life can be confusing, stressful, and it’s difficult to know what lies in front of you. Therefore, while it may not always guarantee short-term success in our time on earth, we should live in fear of the Lord and have faith because his plan is eternal and beyond our comprehension.

The lesson of Ecclesiastes is that since we have no control in life, we should focus on the one thing that we do have control over, our attitude. Real success is accepting this lack of control and appreciating not the material, but the intangible things in life: holding hands with a loved one, sitting out in the sun on a warm day, your bare feet on the beach, a great meal with friends and loved ones. We should learn to enjoy these good simple moments, and the bad, because while they are fleeting, they are all gifts from a loving God.

The good times and the bad, the money, the jobs, our health, our friends, and even our loved one’s will all come and go. If we can teach ourselves to appreciate the ups and the downs of this rollercoaster of life and understand that God is the master of the entire amusement park, then learning to enjoy the ride is the accurate definition of success. This is how we can learn to live our best Christian life.

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The Less You Owe, the More You Live

Can a nation, or a person, run up huge deficits and expect no financial and economic consequences?

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Society conditions us to consume more than we need and to spend more than we make. However, this kind of lifestyle is a recipe for disaster. Taking back control of your finances can help you free up time and make you feel more in control of your life.

Think back to your high school and college history classes: can you recall a nation in the history of the earth that accumulated huge deficits over a prolonged period of time, lacked a concerted effort towards reducing these deficits, yet was able to sustain economic prosperity for its citizens?

Can a nation, in debt for trillions annually, or a person – namely you – consistently run up huge deficits and expect no consequences?  For decades, tens of millions of Americans have accumulated personal debt via credit cards, loans, and other forms of financing. It’s likely that you have some financial debts.

Subtle Servitude

Sustained deficit spending eventually erodes your ability to prepare for the future, and worse, to capitalize on current opportunities. The more you owe, the more enslaved you are! In Consumerism, Dr. Judith Schor notes that you’ve likely been taught to consume more than you need.

Right now, how would it feel if all your credit cards were paid off? How would it feel if you paid your monthly rent or mortgage several months in advance? How would it feel if your car loan was paid off? How would it feel if you were actually able to pay some of your utility bills for months in advance? For most people it would feel great. You’d feel in control of your time.

We all know the arguments about losing the (minuscule) amount of interest you could have earned if you let your money sit in the bank instead of paying the electric bill three months in advance. Ah, but wait. A month after you’ve paid your electric bill three months in advance, you receive the next month’s bill. Guess what? It shows that you have a huge credit and that nothing is due – you’ll smile when you see these kinds of bills!

A Moratorium on Spending

To reduce your personal debts, place a moratorium on optional spending, regardless of what items entice you, until your credit cards have zero balances.

Now, please, let’s not confuse issues. There is value in paying others to do that which you don’t like to do. These are separate issues. Paying for something that frees up your time is a life benefit. Paying for material things which you don’t need, and certainly don’t save your time, might be satisfying, but ultimately can be draining.

Here are some useful exercises for controlling your checkbook, and hence reclaiming your life:

1. Write out checks to pay bills in advance of their due dates. Then, keep an advance file with a folder for each day of the month. Place the check in a sealed, addressed, and stamped envelope. Then put the envelope in the folder of the day it’s to be mailed. This way the money is allocated in advance in your checkbook, and your bills are paid on time. If your checking account pays interest, you don’t lose interest.

2. Occasionally, overpay the balance on your continuing accounts, or pay early. This gives you the aforementioned psychological boost when you see a credit on your next statement, and gives you a good reputation with your creditors, which is handy!

3. Keep a stick-on note in your checkbook for an immediate reference that lists what’s coming in this month and what needs to be paid. This provides you with a running mini-cash flow list you can refer to at will. Update it every week, or day, if necessary.

4. Review old checkbooks and see what you paid to whom for what. Do the same thing with your monthly credit card statements. Put a red mark next to all those expenditures that you didn’t need to make, or that you could have done without after further consideration.

5. Now, considering expenditures on the horizon, which ones can you do without?

Spend Less, Save More

As author Roger Dawson says, “It doesn’t matter how much money you’re making; if you’re spending more than you take in each month, you’re headed for trouble.” If you spend less than you take in, eventually your debt will decrease, perhaps even disappear.

 

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