Here’s a letter that I sent several days ago to the Boston Globe:
Like Peter Funt, I’m disturbed by the appeal of mixed martial arts (“The disturbing appeal of ‘human dogfighting’ ,” July 29). But unlike Mr. Funt, I object to outlawing this sport, the brutality of which is inflicted only upon – and witnessed only by – consenting adults.
Far more disturbing to me than this sport is the inexplicable appeal of busybodiness – the eagerness of Jones to threaten coercion against Smith whenever Smith chooses, although violating no one’s rights, to act in ways that Jones disapproves of. That species of brutality – coercive violence against non-coercive other persons – is truly disgusting and unacceptable and should have no place in a civilized society.
Donald J. Boudreaux
As my GMU colleague Dan Klein points out, it’s not violence that’s objectionable; what’s objectionable is coercion.