Monday Miscellany 5/22/23

Monday Miscellany 5/22/23 May 22, 2023

A congressional staffer embracing Communism (including the brutal bits); advocating gun control while being soft on crime; and euthanizing the homeless.

AOC’s Aide Now Leads NY Communist Party

America’s socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez keep saying that “democratic socialism” is not the same as Communism.  And yet,  Justine Medina, who formerly served on the staff of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, became the Co-Chair of the New York Young Communist League and is now a member of the “Executive Committee of the New York State Communist Party.”

The article on this news quotes her (my bolds):

“Communism is about equality, democracy, peace, the advancement of workers, the oppressed, and humanity in general,” Medina wrote on Twitter. “It is true the path there will be unkind to those who block progress, but Communism is good and should not scare you.”

Think about what that unkindness “to those who block progress” meant in the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, and North Korea.  I suppose she has reference to the gulags, the torture chambers, and the firing squads.  It’s unusual for Communists and other authoritarians to admit what is in store for those who oppose them.  They usually hide that.  Do you think this intention to be “unkind to those who block progress” is in the back of the minds of other leftists?

Advocating Gun Control While Also Being Soft on Crime

Nathanael Blake of The Federalist makes an intriguing point in his article How Democrats Shoot Themselves in the Foot on Gun Control:

Except for those who are already ideologically committed to it, gun control is a high-trust proposal. People keep and bear arms to defend themselves, and so persuading citizens to limit or even give up their guns requires persuading them that they do not need them for protection. But voters do not view Democrats as prioritizing a country with low crime and high social trust. Rather, Democrats are seen as the soft-on-crime party, with a left flank that is committed to insane defund-the-police policies.

When Democratic prosecutors refuse to prosecute, when Democratic politicians enact revolving-door bail policies for violent criminals, when Democratic mouthpieces insist that violent and threatening lunatics on public transit should be accepted as a normal part of life, they are telling people they are on their own. And many Americans have gotten the message; the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots sold a lot of guns, many of them to new gun owners.

If Democrats want to convince Americans of the benefits of gun control, they should start by showing they are willing and able to control crime. But they often do not even bother to enforce existing gun laws against violent criminals. The more Democratic leaders and activists tolerate crime and disorder, the more they sabotage their demands for more gun control.

There are many countries–I think of the Scandinavian nations–that have low crime and high social trust.  The United States, sadly, does not have that right now.  Blake says that we could build up social trust if we became a nation of strong families, strong churches, and strong communities.  He concludes, “a nation with strong families and communities, united by shared values and high social trust, would probably have far fewer mass shootings, regardless of its gun laws.”

“Unjust Social Conditions” as Valid Reason for Euthanasia

Canadian bioethicists are arguing that “unjust social conditions” are valid reasons for euthanasia.  And the Canadian public, which famously consists of so many nice people, are starting to agree with them.  A poll found that so, and 27% of the public agrees, that euthanasia is acceptable for those suffering from “poverty.”  And 28% agree that euthanasia is acceptable for suffering caused by homelessness.  That is to say, they believe in solving the problem of homelessness by killing people who are homeless.

Once you accept the premise of euthanasia, that suffering is to be ended by killing the sufferer, by “putting them out of their misery,” this is where you end up.


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