COMMENT: With social safety nets facing deep cuts throughout the developed world (“austerity”), the vulnerable are going to be dying in ever greater numbers. Aged, sick, disabled and poor people will be pushed over the edge to an increasing extent as the modest sums they command are slashed.
In Miscellaneous Archive Show M12, we examined the Nazi T4 euthanasia program and how it grew out of the international eugenics movement and, in turn, led directly to the death camps and Third Reich’s extermination policies.
In FTR #‘s 117, 124, 141, we visited with Wesley J. Smith, the author of Forced Exit: the Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder. In that vitally important book, Mr. Smith notes how the physician-assisted suicide of “terminally ill patients” can lead very quickly to legalized murder of the infirm.
The looming question is this: will budgetary “austerity” lead to the elimination of the vulnerable instead of spending public revenues on them? Will we see legalized murder instituted in lieu of the higher taxes that the world’s economic elite so dearly wish to avoid?
Listen to the interviews with Smith and read the book.
And be afraid. Be very afraid.
EXCERPT: A controversial system of mobile euthanasia units that will travel around the country to respond to the wishes of sick people who wish to end their lives has been launched in the Netherlands.
The scheme, which started on Thursday , will send teams of specially trained doctors and nurses to the homes of people whose own doctors have refused to carry out patients’ requests to end their lives.
The launch of the so-called Levenseinde, or “Life End”, house-call units – whose services are being offered to Dutch citizens free of charge – coincides with the opening of a clinic of the same name in The Hague, which will take patients with incurable illnesses as well as others who do not want to die at home. . . .