April 27, 2018

The Brave New World Discarding Baby Alfie

Timothy Birdnow

With the babie Alfie story hot in the news I thought it was time to dust off an oldie but goodie. As you know, baby Alfie is a child being held by a British hospital against the will of his parents. The hospital is essentially euthanizing the child and will not allow the parents to take him away. The reason? Just read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; they want to assert the authority of the State over the individual, make it clear the State has the power of life and death and that children belong to the State and that the parents are mere caretakers granted their authority by government.

As I argued in my American Thinker article about Terri Schiavo back in 2005, it's all about the godhead, about asserting the right of the Left to exercise the power reserved to the Almighty to decide life and death. For those of you who do not remember the Schiavo case, it involved a woman who was seriously brain damaged. Her husband, who wanted to marry someone else, wanted to pull the plug on Terri and her parents waged a bitter legal battle to stop that. Liberals everywhere demanded, and quite angrily, that Schiavo be killed, and many conservatives were baffled by the passion of the Left over this sad incident. In the end the Courts ordered her death, and food and water were withdrawn from her (Terri could survive on her own but required the basics, like everyone else). She died a slow, and probably very uncomfortable, death from dehydration and malnutrition. The Left celebrated.

Below is an excerpt from It's a Brave New World When Terri schiavo Dies:

In his landmark novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley conveys the vision of a technological nightmare in which man is forced, through conditioning and eugenics, to happily serve as a cog in an utopian socialist machine. Those things which we see as important - family, close friendships, love, individualism, faith - are removed from the individual through brainwashing techniques, so as to create hollow vessels better suited to a life of consumerism and service to the State. Motherhood is abolished in favor of factory production of children, and the elderly and disabled are "taken care of.”

The euthanasia practices in Brave New World are carried out in public hospices, with children being brought in to play and enjoy themselves as part of their conditioning. Death is made an enjoyable experience for the young so that they would give it little thought or consideration.

In Huxley`s nightmare we see death as the last means of control of the individual. A person is removed from this world when he becomes tiresome, much as an old car is decommissioned and disassembled to make way for the newer model. Huxley understood the utopian socialist mind. Brave New World gave us a peek into the mind of the utopian left, and what those who would build the plastic paradise would eventually do.

The Terri Schiavo case has sparked a national debate over the quality of life vs. the sanctity of life. The QL people (I would argue that they are predominantly liberal, although many libertarians fit this description) argue that life should have a visible purpose and worth, and that if a person`s life is not worth living (in the judgment of others), he should die.

Read the rest at American Thinker.

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