The Law: And No Ban for Danes

Each time the U.S. Supreme Court considers and then overturns a censor's ban on pornography, Americans wonder where it will all lead. To an increase in sexual aberration? To corruption of youth? To an outpouring of filth from every newsstand and bookshelf? Parallels with other countries are never exact, but some answers to the questions may be found in Denmark. Eight months ago, that country became the first in the West to pass a law abolishing all censorship of anything written, without exception.

Ten years ago, Denmark would have been as unlikely to pass such a law as Duluth. At the time,...