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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.

1 posted on 08/14/2009 8:50:34 PM PDT by miltonbradleyfriedman
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To: miltonbradleyfriedman

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.


2 posted on 08/14/2009 8:57:41 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: miltonbradleyfriedman

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.


3 posted on 08/14/2009 8:59:27 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: miltonbradleyfriedman
Libertarians support any and all hair-brain ideals, who knew???
4 posted on 08/14/2009 9:21:46 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: org.whodat

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...


5 posted on 08/14/2009 11:43:51 PM PDT by miltonbradleyfriedman
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To: Kieri
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'.

6 posted on 08/14/2009 11:49:00 PM PDT by ColdWater
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