Skip to comments.The "Unintelligent" Are Not Wanted in Life!
Posted on 04/07/2014 9:37:04 AM PDT by Heartlander
Eugenics is pernicious. Its core philosophy holds that some human beings are better than others based on invidious categorization of human capacities and characteristics.
Eugenics leads to oppression and even killing. The old eugenics unleashed involuntary sterilization in the U.S. -- as well as infanticide and the murder of disabled adults in Germany.
Those horrors put eugenics into hibernation, but it has awakened in the very places it started in the first place -- among the intelligentsia.
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu is a leading neo-eugenicist. Now, he proposes screening embryos for intelligence -- for them, of course -- because, poor things, the less intelligent have "worse" outcomes in life. From "Genetic Screening to Enhance IQ Should Be Embraced":
A common objection is that being smarter does not make your life better. In this study, researchers were concerned with those with an IQ between 70-85. Below 70 is classified as intellectual disability but an IQ of 70 to 75 is similar to mild intellectual disability.
Even for individuals with an IQ between 75 and 90 there are still significant disadvantages. Job opportunities tend to be the least desirable and least financially rewarding, requiring significant oversight...Individuals with this lower level of intelligence are at significant risk of living in poverty (16%), being a chronic welfare dependent (17%) and are much more likely to drop out of school (35%) compared to individuals with average intelligence.
Studies show that there is also an increased risk of incarceration and being murdered.
So make sure they have zero chance for a happy life. What a compassionate guy!
The answer? Make our babies through IVF and then toss those that would appear genetically to be destined for lower intelligence:
In my view, we ought to test embryos for such gene variants. Imagine you are having IVF and produce ten embryos. They are all clear of major diseases, but one of them has two copies of the Thr92Ala gene. Given that there are 9 others that don't have this potentially disadvantageous trait, why not select one of them?
Of course this does not guarantee that the embryo you do choose will have normal intelligence, but based on the information you have, it reduces the chances. Given that the outcomes are so much worse than their alternatives, we should reduce the chances even by a small account, provided the costs aren't great. But given that whole genome analysis is likely to be used in the future, why not use the information that is available to try to at least start off with a higher chance of a better life?
Here's the thing: Eugenicists always think people like themselves are best. Savulescu is very intelligent, and so he values intelligence.
Here's the other thing: Even if people have no problem discarding eugenically incorrect embryos as medical waste, it wouldn't stop there. Eugenicist bioethicists generally accept personhood theory under which being human is morally irrelevant. What matters morally are mental capacities, such as being self-aware.
This means that all embryos, fetuses, and newborns aren't persons. So why restrict the eugenic cleansing to embryos in a dish? As Margaret Sanger once put it, we have to pull the pernicious weeds.
Notice these guys never write about increasing our capacity for love. What a sterile, heartless society these eugenicists want. If their targets were gays or people of color, they would rightly be called bigots. Here too, just different victims.
Nor would the new eugenics long remain restricted to private decisions. Eventually, the government would either require -- or give positive and negative incentives to parents -- to make the eugenically correct "choices."
If the values of Julian Savulescu prevail, we will descend into tyranny.
I don’t care what they say ... I’m keeping my tagline. ;o)
My dog has a low IQ, but seems to be VERY happy, most of the time.
Julian Savulescu’s atheist manifesto:
Wesley J Smith, however, is an Orthodox Christian.
The Pre-Persons. By Phillip k. Dick, 1974
“The whole mistake of the pro-abortion people from the start, he said to himself was the arbitrary line they drew. An embryo is not entitled to American Constitutional rights and can be killed, legally, by a doctor. But a fetus was a person, with rights, at least for a while; and then the pro-abortion crowd decided that even a seven-month fetus was not human and could be killed, legally, by a licensed doctor. And, one day, a newborn baby it is a vegetable; it cant focus its eyes, it understands nothing, nor talks the pro-abortion lobby argued in court, and won, with their contention that a newborn baby was only a fetus expelled by accident or organic processes from the womb. But, even then, where was the line to be drawn finally? When the baby smiled its first smile? When it spoke its first word or reached for its initial time for a toy it enjoyed? The legal line was relentlessly pushed back and back.”
How does one fashion a book of resistance, a book of truth in an empire of falsehood, or a book of rectitude in an empire of vicious lies? How does one do this right in front of the enemy?
Philip K. Dick, 1974 Interview, Only Apparently Real.
If you can find it, for somewhat of a picture of this future, find a dvd movie titled, “Gattica”, “Gattaca”.
There are a lot of issues discussed here, that are portrayed in that movie.
According to the above discussion, they were looking to identify “morons”, first. All for the love of the State.
If you see it coming, and you do nothing, are you not to blame for it, too, in your inaction?
Government: Demands that every school teaches evolution and natural selection.
Government: Demands that every tax payer pays out the nose to protect other people from their own stupidity and taking risks...
Seems to me that if they wanted “eugenics” they would simply end welfare and stop bailing people out of their own stupidity....
But I guess they need the dumb vote lever pullers to be at just the right amount of stupid to keep them in power...
How STUPID can you get ! ? ?
The left wants them dumb enough to vote, but not smart enough to think...
[ It demonstratdes the STUPIDITY of Blacks, who are voting for people who want to wipe them out,
such as Democrats COMMUNISTS who’s main idol is Margaret Sanger, known for wanting to eliminate the Negro race. ]
You could have hooded clan members escorting minority women past the pro-life protesters in front of a planned parenthood and Al not so sharp would be praising them for not being a “Anti-abortion bigot”....
Who needs who more? The farmer or the college philosophy professor?
I really don’t think whacking Obama voters and democrats is a good thing to do.
Nope, many are just ignorant, not stupid.
If this is the case, and it undoubtedly is the case, then the descriptor "intelligentsia" must assuredly be a misnomer, at best, and an outright fraud and lie, at worst...
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