Everything old is new again

The Captain says that the earth itself just reminded us of yet another horrible Nazi practice:  euthanizing those Aryans whom the Nazis deemed physically or mentally unfit to live.  In a Western Germany town, relying on sixty years of rumors, authorities dug up a mass grave that included skeletons of children as young as one.  As the Captain points out, the Nazis murdered over 70,000 “defective” Aryans (amongst whom was my gentile great uncle, a manic depressive).  This was, of course, in addition to the better known racial purges of Jews (including most of my paternal relatives) and gypsies.

Before we start congratulating ourselves about how superior we are, though, we’d better look at our own house.  I’m thinking, of course, of famed ethicist Peter Singer, who holds an endowed chair at Princeton.  In addition to a 2004 book about politics, The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush, Peter Singer has written a fair number of other books. These include a book called “Animal Liberation,” a book called “In Defense of Animals, and a book called “Should the Baby Live?: The Problem of Handicapped Infants (Studies in Bioethics).” The latter pretty much sums up the man’s philosophy:  he advocates euthanizing handicapped infants.  He is, of course, reviled by the handicapped community (and rightly so).

The moral abyss Singer creates with his euthanasia musings is highlighted by the fact that his animal liberation writings make him a founding father of the animal rights movement — a movement that’s come to full flower in PETA insanity (which analogizes the death of chickens to the death of Jews in Hitler’s gas chambers). In other words, Singer believes that a healthy animal has greater rights than a sick person.  Singer has also made clear that he has no moral problem with bestiality, provided that the animal consents. Amusingly, this last viewpoint has put Singer at odds with the same animal rights movement he was so instrumental in creating.

Singer, of course, is one man, but our ivory towers have given him a position of prominence and respect.  That being the case, we should take special note of this story about the unearthed past, since there is at least one person with a pulpit who would have this be our future.

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  1. says

    When the Nazis said “master race”, they were NOT kidding. They were the real deal. As opposed to Marxists who talk about Imperialism, but are just pseudo anti-imperialists, you know.

    The latter pretty much sums up the man’s philosophy: he advocates euthanizing handicapped infants. He is, of course, reviled by the handicapped community (and rightly so).

    Why would he be reviled for compassion?

    Singer, of course, is one man, but our ivory towers have given him a position of prominence and respect. That being the case, we should take special note of this story about the unearthed past, since there is at least one person with a pulpit who would have this be our future.

    Terrorism will never end, you know. If it isn’t Nazis, it is Soviets. If it isn’t Soviets, it is Islamics. If it isn’t Islamics, then it would be ELF and PETA terrorists, with the desire to overthrow the human kingdom and replace it with a more fair and just system that secures animal dignity. And obviously those environmental terrorists would favor eradicating 3/4th of the world’s population, their members excluded obviously. The same streak of nihilism that Hitler had and Stalin expressed, is contained in Islamic jihad’s path to righteousness. They are the counter-point to civilization, to order, to creation. The destruction that balances out creation, the chaos that balances out order.

  2. John Hetman says

    Obviously this “one person with a pulpit” has to have a substantial and influential group of admirers and supporters to be allowed to spout his insanities from the halls of Princeton University. The truly frightning thing is that he is not just a madman locked away in a sanitarium for the insane, but a stellar professor at a major U.S. university.

    The price of true compassion today is eternal vigilance. May God protect us…from ourselves.

  3. says

    Peter Singer is one of many – he may be a bit of an outlier in terms of his notoriety, but if you read the professional “ethics” literature, you’ll find his ideas are widespread. Included, sadly, are a significant slice of the Christian “ethics” community.

    By the way, Germany has forbidden Singer a pulpit anywhere in their country — an act of censorship that I have a hard time wanting to picket or shout out against…..although I’m a big advocate of free speech. Given their history, it’s totally understandable.

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