Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Death Panels

The so-called "Death Panels" that critics of socialized medicine are afraid of are in fact a logical outcome of not only socialized medicine, but of the Social Security System. Herbert Schlossberg, author of Idols For Destruction anticipated these death panels more than twenty-five years ago. Ezekiel Emmanuel, brother of Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama's Chief of Staff has even written on the topic.

Here is Schlossberg on what is to come:

"When there are too many people for the resources, an obvious solution is to reduce the number of people. As one British physician put it, when describing the deliberate withholding of care from newly born infants: "The death costs nothing; the life costs not only money but the preemption of precious medical, nursing, social, and educational resources." Since the neo-Malthusian movement that has been gaining strength in recent years considers economic decline to be inescapable, it can be expected to join the call for the eradication of surplus persons. As the famous report to the Club of Rome explained it, the world's situation will worsen progressively with the rising population and will find relief only when the death rate increases."

"Death, then, is the answer to our economic problems. The elderly will be called selfish if they insist on living, and it will be humanitarian deed and moral duty to see that they do not continue to live and so deprive others of the quality of life to which they aspire. Some day, perhaps, Francis Crick's call for a new ethic that would insist on mandatory death for all persons over eighty years of age will seem like a first hesitant step toward the brave new world that humanism is bringing into realization."

"Once we agree that we have the right to end the lives of those who are not sufficiently useful, we shall have to devise a hierarchy of usefulness. The aged, the infirm, deformed infants, infants of unreliable parents--the list goes on until it becomes clear that the injections will be given to all those not pleasing to the authorities. For if it is accepted as a moral principle that some people should die for the benefit of others, the identity of those to be sacrificed will be determined by pragmatic considerations, which is to say, power politics. Pull will be used to secure the ultimate political favor: that of being kept alive or having one's children and parents kept alive. Under those circumstances, political opposition will atrophy regardless of what democratic forms remain." pages 289-290

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