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Terry Pratchett makes Assisted Suicide a Libertarian Argument
The Daily Mail ^
| 3 August 2009
| Terry Pratchett
Posted on 08/14/2009 8:50:33 PM PDT by miltonbradleyfriedman
Sir Terry said he would be happy to accept help from the medical profession. He said he had no doubt that there were people with a 'passion for caring', but asked them to accept there are people 'who have a burning passion not to need to be cared for'.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: culture; healthcare; pratchett
Author Terry Pratchett, who has early-onset Alzheimers, makes the very libertarian argument of self-determination to allow assisted suicide. He talks about forceful feeding of Alzheimer's patients, and likens it to finding a monster eating a man, and instead of giving the man a peaceful end, tying the monster in bed with him so the fight can continue.
He also discusses the need to make sure people aren't "pushed" to request assisted suicide.
Sad to hear such a great writer has this horrible disease.
I think he has a good point but the slippery slope is very slippery.
posted on 08/14/2009 8:57:41 PM PDT
I hope Terry doesn’t feel the need to summon Death or Susan too soon.
I’m glad to know he’s still optimistic about human nature, but government has a life and mentality all it’s own. I would NEVER place my endgame in the hands of bureaucrats.
posted on 08/14/2009 8:59:27 PM PDT
Libertarians support any and all hair-brain ideals, who knew???
posted on 08/14/2009 9:21:46 PM PDT
(Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
Letting people choose how the end of their life goes is a hare-brained idea? Prosecuting their loved ones for helping them make these decisions?
Sounds like freedom to me...
I would NEVER place my endgame in the hands of bureaucrats.
You missed the point. The point is to REMOVE the present government intruding into the 'endgame'.
posted on 08/14/2009 11:49:00 PM PDT
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