Child Pornography and the Slippery Slopes of Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition

April 8, 2004

A. Raymond Randolph

There are many visions of the slippery slope. I have a personal favorite stemming from an incident in my early childhood, when I lived near a river. To me, the slippery slope is a structure where the law of gravity takes over from the rule of law, a steep incline on which you cannot stop until you come to rest with a splash. Slippery slopes in law and public policy are common. Unlike my vision, some have exit ramps, to be ignored at one’s peril. Those who were around in the 1960’s and early 1970’s watched as “nondiscrimination became equal opportunity became affirmative action became goals became quotas became ‘equality of outcomes’” – splash! ...

Child Pornography and the Slippery Slopes of Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition