Friday, September 11, 2015

Welcome to Civilization 3.0

Just wait for the next depression/recession....

...paying unemployment won't be quite as burdensome.

//As Charles Killick Millard conceded, there was an issue about grandparents. Millard, the leading figure of the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Society back in the 30s, realised that people might cajole their elderly relatives into choosing death. But this had its benefits, he argued: ‘It would make querulous old folk more careful how they dilated upon their aches and pains.’ Havelock Ellis, one of the Society’s celebrity supporters, was blunter: he expressed his annoyance that ‘we are terribly afraid of killing those citizens whom we all regard as financially unpromising.’

There is a callousness in those remarks which resurfaces whenever assisted suicide is put forward. You can hear it in Baroness Warnock’s notorioussuggestion that people with dementia could be ‘put down’ to stop them ‘wasting the resources of the NHS’. You can hear it when Polly Toynbee muses that it might not be such a bad thing if ‘the frail’ were ‘intimidated into hastening the end of their lives’. Of course, these are not the only voices. The Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Society has since rebranded itself as Dignity in Dying; DiD insists that the Marris Bill, which they modelled on Oregon’s law and which MPs will debate on Friday, is a restrained, safe proposal. Under the Bill’s terms, people can request lethal drugs if they are expected to die within six months, are ‘mentally competent’, and have had the green light from two doctors and a judge.//

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