Hi. I’m a shouty man, and I’m here to tell you about the latest in left wing health care. The philosophical left likes to be radical, but in case you haven’t noticed, when your radical views become mainstream, it gets harder every decade to find ways to be more radical. So, if you’re not getting your radical jollies off on gay marriage, portable euthanasia clinics, and partial-birth abortions, there is a whole new vista of radicalism opening up for you now. Infanticide! Yes, that’s right, killing little babies. You too can be among the intelligentsia, you too can join the ranks of chardonnay swilling intellectual elites, and you too can look down on superstitious and sentimental saps who refuse to kill their babies. Of course, we don’t call it “Infanticide,” that sounds nasty, we call it “Post-Birth Abortions.” It’s not even new. World renowned ethicist Peter Singer has been advocating this stuff for years, and he must be alright, because he helped write the manifesto for the Australian Greens and he’s a one time Green’s Senate Candidate. So if you’re tired of crying babies or babies with disabilities, we can eradicate them for you at the bargain basement price of $19.95 (govt. subsidies are available once Greens come to power, casket and cremation extra; warning, may constitute violation of human rights, and will definitely damn your soul for all eternity).
Okay, sarcasm aside, academics in Oz are really advocating this stuff. See articles about it here and here. What is most mind blowing of all, is that the main headline being reported is that these academics are receiving threats and abuse (as if that is the main thing we should worry about). They are supposedly the victims of a hate campaign by radical right wing bigots offended by their philosophical justification for infanticide. I should note, that this is not new. Peter Singer, controversial ethicist, has argued that infants and especially infants with disabilities are not really “persons,” and therefore can have their lives rightfully terminated pretty much at the whim of the mother.
Okay here’s my (unrestrained) response. First, I’m not surprised, as I think this is the logical consequent of the “anytime” abortion stance. After all, why does travelling six inches down a birth canal make a difference as to when and where a baby can be killed? Infanticide is logically consistent with the pro-abortion philosophy of the indiscriminate right to kill. Second, it goes to show that the depths and depravity of the human mind know no limits. The two academics arguing this position are not dummies. They are smart people. In fact, there are some forms of evil, that in order to justify them, you have to be absolutely brilliant. It takes a lot of philosophical word play and heaps of imaginative argumentation to over power your most basic moral senses to the effect that infants do not have the right to live. Goes to show that some of the cleverest people are, when you get down to basics, nothing more than brutal and bastardly barbarians with a Ph.D.