Children given instructions on suicide.
As both a science-fiction author and teacher of political science, I have read a good deal of dystopian literature and political horror-stories about the future as nightmare, not to mention the holocausts which have existed not in imagination but reality.
What they have in common is a vision of a society in which individual human life has no value. Nor, of course, does individual conscience or belief.
I have previously described Britain today as showing features of “soft totalitarianism.” Recent news items suggest something a good deal nastier may be on the way unless there is a widespread moral regeneration.
One of the most shocking developments has been a video shown to 14-year-old children featuring assisted suicide campaigner Dr. Philip Nitschke, whose extremist attitudes have been condemned even by other pro-euthanasia groups.
Nitschke is shown on the video demonstrating a machine that delivers lethal injections. The film is already being shown to pupils as young as 14 in schools across the country. A program is also being made by the BBC.
There is footage of Nitschke giving workshops on assisted suicide methods. Also appearing in the program is one Michael Irwin, a former doctor and euthanasia campaigner who was struck off the medical register six years ago for attempting to assist a suicide.
The video, being shown as the BBC — now dominated by the hard left — is said to encourage assisted suicide. It actually films a man killing himself at the suicide Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. Writer Terry Pratchett, an outspoken advocate of euthanasia, presents the documentary, which is due to be broadcast on BBC2 this summer.
Producer and director Thomasina Gibson said of the video: “If you are going to treat teenagers as young adults you have to give them all sides of the argument and let them debate it and make their own minds up.”
Of course, the fact the that the program is being shown at all, with the connivance of the government education system, will have the effect of suggesting assisted suicide is socially and morally acceptable, even if, as the makers claim, opponents of assisted suicide will also be given a forum. One need only consider for a moment the effect of a debate between leading experts put out by a public broadcaster as to whether or not murder is acceptable — before an audience of children or adults — to see how simply depraved the whole concept is.
The long-term political purpose of this seems quite obvious: to prepare the population to accept the euthanasia of the old and expensive.
Phyllis Bowman of the anti-euthanasia campaign group Right to Life is quoted as pointing out other aspects of the matter:
“When Dr Nitschke gives his workshops he doesn’t know whether people have mental health problems or difficulties which would prevent them making an informed choice.
“We believe it’s irresponsible to put information on how to end your own life into the ether without knowing who it is going to. Nitschke’s extreme views are being foisted on young people at one of the most impressionable periods of their lives.”
She also intends to take the matter up with the government, whose Tory leadership, when it comes to social issues, appear to be basically sock-puppets for the far-left Liberal-Democrats. It will be interesting to see what the response will be.
The director of another anti-suicide program, psychologist Dr. Arthur Cassidy, is quoted as saying:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?