May 26, 2005

A Matter of Competing Values

Justin Katz

Part of what makes a danger of modern approaches to addressing public policies that bear on "progress" is that we tend to view them on an individual basis, and when we do realize that they are tangential to each other, we hesitate to follow the implications but so deeply. (Sometimes the hesitance results from the complexity, sometimes from the sense that we'll be proven wrong in what we want to believe.)

My latest column for dwells on the intersection of embryonic stem cell research, "right to die" trends, socialist healthcare schemes, and radical life extension. Ultimately, I don't think any of these issues can be fully appreciated without consideration of the others. (And many others, but one can only do so much in fewer than 1,000 words.)

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Nice piece Justin. Especially the closer:

"A government that can decide when to acknowledge the proverbial cradle can define the proverbial grave at which its responsibilities to constituents end, after all."

Posted by: Marc Comtois at May 27, 2005 7:44 AM