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Re: “The American eugenics movement after World War II (part 1 of 3)

Let's focus on just one of the important questions raised in this article: the prevention of reproduction by mentally or morally defective people.

There is an unseen moral quagmire lurking in the issue of eugenics. It's the question of whether or not you believe in a Creator God.

Because, you see, if you do believe in a Creator God, then you don't believe in evolution. Why is that important? Because of this quote from the article: "To know that we are able to guide and quicken evolutionary progress is a momentous and inspiring discovery."

If you believe in evolution, then either you believe that humans can and should guide evolution, weeding out the unfit and weak, or you believe that blind chance is a better judge of who is fit to survive.

It seems obvious to me that a purposeful striving toward a goal, especially by intelligent beings, is always more likely to achieve the desired end than blind chance.

Evolution is random chance, and does not favor the achievement of any goal. Which just may be why evolution (if it occurs) has taken billions of years.

So: what's wrong with even "involuntary" sterilization? Oh, the abuses! Yes!

That is your fearful, weak-minded excuse for avoiding the guilty knowledge that humans lack both the wisdom and the right to decide who lives and who does not.

What it comes down to is that you don't believe in evolution, which is "The strong survive, the weak die." Just consider Goethe and Gamble the wolves which maintain the health of the caribou herd. (The caribou herd would be the rest of us.) They have the right to kill – I mean eliminate - those they judge unfit. Evolution says so.

You actually want to tolerate the proliferation of idiots and habitual criminals and the drag they cause on society, instead of freeing our limited resources for higher purposes? Because it is undeniable that criminal parents have a far greater likelihood of producing criminal children. It is undeniable that those with insufficient mental ability will unavoidably poorly prepare their children for productive lives, and poorly protect them from the special dangers of childhood. It is undeniable that those children are a drag on us if we assume responsibility for them. You don't think unfit parents have any right to guide their children, do you?

They are an expensive inconvenience to us all. Which brings us to the question of abortion.

Why do most abortions occur? Because the baby – excuse me, fetus, lump of tissue, clump of cells – is an inconvenience.

It's OK to TAKE a life to prevent yourself from being inconvenienced, but it's not OK to PREVENT a life to avoid inconvenience.

What is it that bothers you about forced sterilization? Can't be your conscience. Evolution doesn't allow for the development of a conscience. Maybe it's the fear that one day you may be judged unfit to LIVE, never mind reproduce.

Can't happen in America? Hahaha… you dreamer, you. Tell me that story about the "Death Counseling Panels" in Obamacare. So funny, isn't it? What a laugh… except it's true….

"With what measure you judge others, it shall be measured again unto you…"

Just ignore that Voice. It's only the echo of superstitious Puritan ancestors. There is no God. And quit feeling guilty about forced sterilization. It's just evolution.

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Posted by retroman on 05/23/2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Castle Doctrine would relax state's gun law

All societies are threatened, all the time, by lawless, evil and corrupt individuals within. These persons must be deterred. Most of the time, in America, the probability of intervention by armed citizens deters violent physical attack. Criminals pick their time and target, and they look for weakness. This is why those areas with the strictest gun-control laws have the highest rates of violent crime, and vice versa. Criminals may be stupid, but they're not crazy.

Refusing to prepare for the possibility of violent criminal assault is a weakness, and weakness is usually visible to criminals, who are professional predators. They stay alive and unharmed and are successful in direct proportion to how well they read the signals that we all give off, most of which are unconscious. This is the Law of the Jungle: the strong oppress the weak. Criminals live it 24/7. Most of them get pretty good at it.

What some Americans think of as a safe society is due to two elements: the Judeo-Christian tradition of respect for others, and the uniquely American recognition of the right of individuals to carry weapons. The Judeo-Christian tradition has been pretty much abandoned now. I'd think really carefully before I gave up the other protective element.

You are getting a free ride at least sometimes, if you look confident, because criminals are aware that you may be armed. If bad guys see weakness in you ... well, as one experienced law enforcement officer put it, "If you look like food, you will be eaten."

Too bad for you if you let your politics or religion or whatever persuade you that you should not resist the bad guys. They love that attitude.

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Posted by retroman on 03/04/2011 at 12:24 PM

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