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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The uneasy conscience of feminism

Unsurprisingly, Camille Paglia is one of the few pro-choice individuals honest enough to admit to the ethically problematic nature of her left-wing ideology:

[T]he pro-life position, whether or not it is based on religious orthodoxy, is more ethically highly evolved than my own tenet of unconstrained access to abortion on demand....

I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue. The state in my view has no authority whatever to intervene in the biological processes of any woman's body, which nature has implanted there before birth and hence before that woman's entrance into society and citizenship.

On the other hand, I support the death penalty for atrocious crimes (such as rape-murder or the murder of children). I have never understood the standard Democratic combo of support for abortion and yet opposition to the death penalty. Surely it is the guilty rather than the innocent who deserve execution?

This was my position before I became a Christian. I always believed abortion was murder, but then, murder is the way of the world. This is why the feminist position has to hide behind a whole host of specious reasons that aren't capable of standing up to even the most cursory examination - there is, for example, no such thing as a right to one's body or the government would not collect DNA evidence - and why Democrats consistently lose on this issue. Nearly every left-liberal blog I've read since Palin was nominated has blathered on about how her pro-life stance politically dooms her, despite the fact that she has 80 percent approval ratings in Alaska. Since her pro-life position is presumably well known to Alaskans, we can safely conclude that, as usual, these left-liberals have absolutely no idea what they're talking about.

It is their guilty knowledge of their immorality when judged by traditional and historical standards that lies behind the drive of the Enlightenment 2.0 crowd to attempt creating a new and better moral system. I expect them to have no more success in this regard than their intellectual predecessors, the National Socialists and the Soviet Communists, had in attempting to create new and better humanities.

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