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Friday, March 25, 2005

Fashionable fascism dominates the scene

...and it has nothing to do with social and moral conservatives.

Who really are the new social Darwinists, the new eugenicists, the new utilitarians, the new soft totalitarians and the new Nazis?

I've refrained so far from commenting on the Terri Schiavo case. It's a tragic situation about which many millions of words have already been written. Beyond the deep personal tragedy for those involved it is both symptomatic and paradigmatic of the growing fault line that runs through the collective heart of formerly Judeo-Christian based Western society, between those who still assert the values of that heritage and those who wish to destroy it and sweep it into the dustbin of history - much as they want to destroy and sweep away countless "lives unworthy of life" in the name of utilitarianism and Darwinian survival of the fittest. In the course of surfing the Web I have been shocked by the hatred, contempt and mockery which far too many "liberals" on the Left have been expressing towards Terri Schiavo; she has been reduced in their eyes to nothing more than a "vegetable" or a "lump of meat", to be treated as merely a worthless nonentity to be disposed of as soon as possible. None of these "good people" can apparently recognise the emergence of a culture of State sanctioned victimisation and discrimination against the disabled leading to State approved murder of "useless eaters" - like Terri Schiavo.

Would you if you were a cripple want to vegetate forever?
Dr Tergesten in the Nazi propaganda film Ich Kluge an! (I Accuse), 1941.

The same or similar comments in their thousands are currently appearing all over the Web from "compassionate and caring" liberals and leftists.

We've seen and heard this all before. For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see... and, more importantly for those who don't, I seriously recommend a visit to Regent University's Useless Eaters web site:
The methods used for mass extermination in the Nazi death camps originated and were perfected in earlier use against people with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities... this website tells the little known story of these victims...[it] describes the historical context of attitudes toward people with disabilities in Germany and how this context produced mass murder of people with disabilities prior to and during the early years of World War II. Several key marker variables, the manipulation of which allowed a highly sophisticated Western society to officially sanction the murder of people with disabilities, are examined. Important implications must continually be drawn from these events as we work with people with disabilities at the dawn of a new century.

The Nazis spoke of human husks, ballast lives, and life unworthy. We are hearing the same terms all over again in our own day.

Dr Mark P. Mostert identifies the "genocidal markers" that produced the Nazi culture of death as:

1) Darwinism and the Biology of Determinism
2) Eugenics
3) Forced sterilization
4) The Propagandization of Life Unworthy of Life
5) Disabilty as justification for State sanctioned murder of children
6) Justification for Homicidal Health Policies
7) Disabilty as justification for State sanctioned murder of adults

They're all in play in contemporary Western society...

What can one say about "sophisticated", modern, "democratic" individuals and societies that willingly promote, endorse and implement policies that hark back to those of the evil Nazi regime? And do so in the name of "compassion" and "freedom of choice"!

View the website. Read the material. And shiver.

History repeats itself
Has to
No one listens

See also:
The Social and Scientific Origins of Eugenics
The Nazi Euthanasia (T-4) Program
DNA Interactive: the Chronicle of how society dealt with mental illness and other "dysgenic" traits

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