Restoring the Sacred

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thomas Sowell: A ‘Duty to Die’?


This piece by Thomas Sowell on National Review Online should make everyone sixty-five and over feel really warm and fuzzy.

There was a time when some desperately poor societies had to abandon the elderly to their fate, but is that where we are today?

This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when American medical care is taken over by the government.

Make no mistake about it, letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to keep them alive and well. If a government-run medical system is going to save any serious amount of money, it is almost certain to do so by sacrificing the elderly.

Back in the days of Aunt Nance Ann, nobody in our family had ever gone to college. Indeed, none had gone beyond elementary school. Apparently, you need a lot of expensive education, sometimes including courses on ethics, before you can start talking about “a duty to die.”

Much of what is taught in our schools and colleges today seeks to break down traditional values and replace them with more fancy and fashionable notions, of which “a duty to die” is just one.

Here's the whole article:
A ‘Duty to Die’? - Thomas Sowell - National Review Online

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