Without a strong central values system guiding a society, it becomes focused on the individual, which thrusts individuals into competition with one another and deprives them of any larger identity, purpose or context. The result is a society composed of people acting for personal pleasure, which leads them to neglect others and their own families, and abuse each other out of aggressive competition for social status. Modern society is the antithesis of health.
The issue of abortion offers a prime example of where the Modern Liberal's solipsistic self-entitlement runs roughshod over the health and safety of others. It’s nice being able to get rid of a headache. It’s empowering to know another person’s needs can’t weigh you down or even make you break stride. Nearly seven out of ten Americans agree when they are asked if abortion should be legal in most cases. Wouldn’t be good if we could all stop being judgmental? The lovely and epistemologically brilliant Mary Elizabeth Williams explains to us all just how complicated real life gets for selfish people below.
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
You can’t let inconvenient people get in the way of the future!** Heck, the moral idiot quoted above doesn’t even think they should get in the way of an entertaining Saturday night. Her circumstances always trump the rights of the baby she carries. Always. The rights of that mother are far too valuable to allow concern over the health and the welfare of the child get in the way of her chosen lifestyle.
A lot of people look askance at the critique from The Alternative Right that it really is Liberalism that makes Modern Society so detestably and immutably evil. Even intelligent people, who are far too grounded in their adulthood to have any acceptable excuse to be liberal, sell us excuses for it because it is easier than changing. Walter Russell Mead swears that Liberalism 5.0™ will be grounded in the wonderful principals of The Glorious Revolution. This reminds me of people who think the next version of Marxism (version 125M.0 if you number them by body-count) will get the kinks all worked out. They roll their eyes and tut-tut when someone like Brett Stevens tells us the following.
Modern society is based on this notion of putting the individual first. It makes people happy, in the short-term. The problem is that in the long-term it deprives them of a context in which their actions could be meaningful, like culture, shared values, a goal or even nature itself. They are imprisoned within themselves.
But that is where we are now. Abortion is far easier to do than actually raising children. And don’t think I only blame the women for this sort of thinking. A certain execrable class of men just *love* being able to tell their latest mark. “It’s OK Baby. I’m totally into letting women choose.*** In Modern, Liberal Society, you just have to do what’s quick, convenient and what feels good.
So let’s speculate where we’re all headed with the brand new and spiffier Liberalism 5.0™. Oh wait, we don’t have to. Show ‘em what they win with The Glorious Revolution, Dom Pardo. Oxford University shows us how wonderfully pneumatic Liberalism 5.0™ is going to be for us all.
The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”
As long as the world remains Liberal, it’s just going to continue getting Newer and Braver each and every day.
*-Back-of-the-envelope math suggests that Planned Parenthood made their point about 8 or 9 times more effectively than Heydritch made his.
**-Um, demographically speaking, they are the future.
***-It doesn’t take Wernher Von Braun to figure out which “choice” this cheese ball will be in favor of making the nanosecond he gets told the woman he seduced is now carrying an additional passenger.