On Iniquity  

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"When the Nazis took on the government of Poland, they flooded the Polish bookstalls with pornography" --Pamela Hansford Johnson in On Iniquity (1967)

"We are in danger of creating and Affectless Society, in which nobody cares for anyone but himself, or for anything but instant self-gratification. We demand sex without love, violence β€œfor kicks”. We are encouraging the blunting of sensibility; and this, let us remember, was not the way to an Earthly Paradise, but the way to Auschwitz. When the Nazis took on the government of Poland, they flooded the Polish bookstalls with pornography. This is a fact. Why did they do so? They did so on the theory that to make the individual conscious only of the need for personal sensation would make the social combination of forces more difficult. The more we withdraw into the shell of self, breeding like tape-worms upon self alone, the less likely we are to face the problems that do not directly relate to ourselves. The Nazi scheme was the deliberate use of pornography to the end of social castration. The theory was β€” and it is worth considering β€” that if you permit all things for self-gratification, you are likely to encourage withdrawal from any sort of corporate responsibility." --Pamela Hansford Johnson in On Iniquity (1967), emphasis not on original

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On Iniquity: some personal reflections arising out of the Moors Murders trial (1967) is a book by Pamela Hansford Johnson on the Moors Murders.

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