Written as a contribution to the Harvard Symposium on Changing Images of the State, this article explores the realm of Pornotopia, a republic of images, the state that liberal America aspires to be. Imagine a nation in which there is little or no discord about pornography because there is little or no meaningful discourse about it. Imagine a nation in which people gladly trade the reality of human beings for images of that reality, a "virtual reality." Imagine a nation in which there is erotic selfexpression but little or no communal expression. Imagine a nation in which sexual war and sexual pleasure are synonymous and unending. Imagine, again, a nation in which rubber speaks and people know it. Imagine a nation in which deliberative democracy is a deliberate lie and sexual harm is a necessary lie. Imagine, if you can, the death of discourse. As you will see, you have just imagined the pornographic state.
David Skover and Ronald Collins,
The Pornographic State, 107 HARV. L. REV. 1374