Monday, December 13, 2010

Incest is Best!

Or is it? Recently a Columbia professor, and HuffPo blogger was charged with incest; having sex with his ADULT daughter.  Eeewww!  But should it be illegal?  The biological reason to avoid incest is that it often reinforces bad genes, and children of incestuous relations are often "wrong" (hemophilia in the great royal houses of Europe is believed to have been spread by the practice of inter-marriage among a limited group of people).  But now, with abundant birth control, is there a reason to outlaw consensual incest between adults?  Professor Volokh considers the arguments...

Of course, Professor Lehrer covered this course years ago:


  1. OK, so tell me what is wrong with a little Hemophilia in the royal houses of Europe? Looking at Prince Charles I can't think of a better place for it.


  2. But it also contributed to the fall of the Russian Czars and the rise of Lenin in the USSR, which caused untold misery throughout the world.