Across the expanse of my memories there is one moment that stands out as distinct, a momentous occasion for certain, but one that would also extend far past that singular temporal moment and seep into the cracks and crevices of my life moving forward.
I watched Evangelion.
Now, let me begin this piece with the caveat that I don’t believe the philosophy of “no let’s just take as empathetic a route as possible and help people” to necessarily be an invalid one. However, what I do want to do is explore the thought process behind the recent DACA decision from reasoning based in the current political paradigm, and what that means. Continue reading
I’ve been in a bit of a mood over the past few days, and just started re-listening to an old favorite album on a whim that ended up matching that mood perfectly, so I figured I’d get some musical analysis in and talk about the album “Woman,” by Rhye. (listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my9JrzHlf9U ) Continue reading
I guess this has become a political blog now, which I’m okay with, haha. Keep in mind most of my political thought tends to be pretty speculative and theoretical, exploring ideas and positions and not expressing any actual convictions I may hold most of the time, because that’s boring (hopefully that sufficiently covers my ass). Continue reading
What has grown to be perhaps the most interesting line of thought on a slew of political issues for me is the surrounding moral debate (perhaps because that is the one I can competently engage in without having studied all of the many intricacies of economics, foreign policy, etc.). The debate about healthcare seems balanced upon a central principle; we as a society have more or less determined that a “civil” society doesn’t just “let its people die in the streets.” What does that really mean though? And what obligations does such a belief saddle us with?
As it stands currently we have measures in place to, for example, prevent or at least minimize children going hungry, through things like food stamps, SNAP, and free school lunches. Hospitals in general will not refuse crucial treatment. Those on the left will argue that healthcare is a fundamental human right, based largely upon the principle of “positive rights.” What this means in basic terms is that we have a right to life, but if we die due to disease then that right is obviously no longer one we can exercise. Healthcare is therefore a right because without it that right to life doesn’t really exist in practice. It’s something that can be taken from us rather easily and through no choice of our own.
Sidestepping the usual beats of that debate however I’d like to focus on one of the implications should we grant that premise and agree that one’s life being taken from them where it could be prevented infringes upon their rights. How far does this obligation to save them extend? Presumably in the near future we will be creating a number of different life extension treatments and techniques. I’d have to imagine that in order to be ideologically consistent one would be forced to say that these are also something people are owed. While the inverse of this scenario is what generally gets explored, a select group of elites keeping themselves alive forever while the plebs suffer beneath them, I also have to wonder about the logistics of everyone being entitled to this, and the likely expense such a thing could entail.
This line of thinking also raises interesting questions for abortion. As it stands currently you generally can’t abort a fetus that could survive outside of the womb just fine. Surely as medicine advances that age will get lower and lower. Right now it’s just over 20 weeks I believe, at some point it will likely be much less. How will the debate be then? When pro-choice advocates will have to argue in favor of the right to kill something that could survive on its own? I really can’t see how they’d be able to mount an effective defense.
Really this is the issue with saying something is “owed” or obligatory, beyond incredibly basic things. It might make (some) sense in the context of the current day, but as the capacity to fulfill that need increases so to does the degree to which you are obligated to do so.