You may remember Steven Landsburg from such arguments as “expecting health insurance you’re required to pay for to cover basic health care needs makes you a moocher, at least if it’s girly stuff.” But as part of what I will charitably assume to be a performance art project dedicated to mocking a certain kind of misogynist libertarianism, he can always up the ante:
Despite the lack of physical damage, we are shocked, appalled and horrified at the thought of being treated in this way, and suffer deep trauma as a result. Ought the law discourage such acts of rape? Should they be illegal?
As long as I’m safely unconsious and therefore shielded from the costs of an assault, why shouldn’t the rest of the world (or more specifically my attackers) be allowed to reap the benefits?
I…Jesus. And as DeLong reminds us, this guy had a Slate gig for a while, because you know stuff like “rape can be perfectly OK!” is so deliciously contrarian.