Re Charles Featherston’s LRC blog post:
This is sick and incredible. Look, I understand the Objectivist logic behind the right to abort. Sick though it is… unprincipled though it is (Rand herself waved off the crucial question of late-term abortion by saying that was “another matter”). But look at this vile stuff. They actually seem to believe there is a moral obligation to abort–to “squelch”–an “unhealthy fetus”–unless you are very rich, I guess. Look at this!! It’s incredible:
So in the anti-abortion advocate’s eyes, a parent’s desire to raise healthy children by squelching unhealthy fetuses while the are still in the womb is little more than a pernicious quest, but it is not considered a pernicious quest to knowingly bring severely disabled children into this world. On the contrary, such a choice is held out as an great example of upstanding morality.
Diana Hsieh says it’s the “worship of retardation” (?!):
they want to create more mentally defective and perpetually dependent children by outlawing abortion.
The people who worship retardation reject human reason as a value. They’re as anti-man as the deep ecologists who regard mankind as a cancer on the earth.
Frankly, one wonders why such people don’t lobotomize themselves, if retardation is such a boon to their fellow man.
Update: In a recent Peikoff Podcast he says that if you have a retarded son and a normal son, you should love the normal one more:
“Onkar’s hostility toward Craig intensified in April 2010, when Craig privately criticized an article that Onkar had published at Division of Labour. In the article, Onkar attempted to apply Ayn Rand’s philosophy to Adam Smith’s thought experiment about whether “a man of humanity” in Europe would cut off his pinky finger to avert an earthquake in China that otherwise would kill a hundred million Chinamen. Onkar said that according to Objectivism the man should not cut off his pinky, that he should instead let the earthquake kill the hundred million Chinamen:
Rand’s ethics would pronounce the action [cutting off his pinky] immoral…. Rand argues that a morality that denigrates the individual and demands his sacrifice for the “greater good” is responsible, more than any other single factor, for the bloodshed and destruction of millions of individuals throughout Western history…. Rand knew that in rejecting self-sacrifice, she would be smeared as advocating sacrifice of others to self. Reject the ideal that you should slice off your finger for the sake of others, and you must be claiming that you should slice off other people’s fingers for your sake. “Man was forced to accept masochism as his ideal—under the threat that sadism was his only alternative. This was the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind.””
- “Objectivists on Positive Parental Obligations and Abortion“
- Abortion Correspondence with Doris Gordon, Libertarians For Life (1996)
- Block on Abortion, Mises Blog (Oct. 2, 2006)
- comments in “How We Come To Own Ourselves,” in Legal Foundations of a Free Society (forthcoming 2023)
- KOL130 | Bad Quaker: Kinsella and Tucker on Abortion, …