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Critical Socialist Theory

Yes, I know, the title is ambiguous. So is Critical Race Theory. But both titles have a common denominator: both require a measure of explanation, which is better implied rather than explicit.

To begin with, socialists are big on indoctrination. If they could indoctrinate babies in the womb, they would. The earlier the indoctrination of children, the better. If it were possible to indoctrinate babies beginning at the second trimester, socialists would do that. For them, voting is not just a political function, it’s a solemn mission.  In a communist nation, you are born and die a communist. Voting, if any, is a charade. 

Socialists justify socialist indoctrination by correctly noting that children subliminally acquire social characteristics from those around them. For example, children gather that boys and girls differ in terms of dress, hair accessories, gifts (e.g., guns or dolls), and even different vocal tones and facial expressions directed at either a boy or a girl. So, why not inculcate children with attitudes and mores that resonate with socialist tenets? For example, why not force a child to share a gift specifically meant for him alone? The lessons for the virtues and drawbacks of altruism can wait for a time when it is not traumatic for the recipient of the gift to hand it over to someone else…even for a moment. 

In the adult world, socialists are big on avarice. They demand that the wealthy must pay their fair share of taxes. Exactly how is a ‘fair share’ determined? The phrase, ‘Robber Barons’ is still alive and well, one way or another.  Is that fair?  That expression is particularly ludicrous when it is articulated by mega film stars, professional sport celebrities, and major political officials. 

Critical judgments based on ‘groupthink’ is anathema to intelligent judgment. Ironically, although the Internet and other information sources are at the pinnacle of human communications, the North Star of Truth still resides in individual judgment. That has been and will always be so with or without artificial intelligence.  

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“My Body My Choice”

That slogan is powerful, effective, and certainly reasonable. But those attributes are diluted by the time that has passed after that instant when sperm and egg have united to create a human being. That timeline is the critical factor which justifies the Rowe/Wade solution for the abortion dilemma. My use of the word ‘solution’ is predicated by the following reasons.

To begin with, the natural distinction for three semesters is key to humane abortion. As I highlight in my previous article on abortion (titled, Abortion) miscarriages occur naturally (a.k.a., spontaneous miscarriage). Although most women are deeply upset by a natural miscarriage, they usually have no reason to blame themselves for it. And, of course, when a miscarriage had been induced, there is little – if any – reason to regret their decision to not have a child. Of course, in that instance “My Body My Choice” is also unquestionable, second to none, including her partner and certainly not by law.

Abortions are practiced by several animal species. Their abortions are instinctive and have no moral or religious ramifications. Human abortions are not instinctive; they are intentional. Therefore, human abortion is at least one of the primary controversial issues, if not the primary political issue at General Elections. As far as I know, no controversy is more contentious than abortion in the United States.

Yes, I’m aware of the widely diverse suppositions of what it might feel like at the cusp of life or death. I don’t attempt to determine what those last moments may be like for the baby, especially because flesh, suction cups and–I suppose–the urgent need for air cannot be known by anyone other than the sentient body within another body–even if only in some subconscious state of being.

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At the Edge of Life

“It is difficult enough to adjudicate the ethical, medical, and moral ramifications of abortion without adding intrinsically chaotic politics into the mix of the abortion controversy.”

Me

The quote above is from a full article I wrote in August 27, 2019 and which is included on my website (August 27, 2019). That article’s title is simply, Abortion. Because of the intense emotions associated with abortion, I wrote that article as objectively and sensitively as I could. But, of course, when emotions are at their peak, one person’s sensitivity is another’s insensitivity and objectivity is perceived as indifference at best. 

Given the intellectual limitations of slogans on placards or one-line chants, however clever or effective they may be, ignite animosity. That, in turn, dismisses any chance for reason. In its place there are street fights, the most dangerous form of combat (apart from war) and which often causes permanent physical damage. It disturbs me to see sub-human thugs kick a human being’s head while he is down on the ground, conscious or not conscious…I thought that went out with Attila the Hun. 

But here, I want to express an objection I have to the icon slogan in favor of abortion on demand. In addition to the slogan being simplistic, it is inhumane. 

In one way or another, the iconic slogan proclaiming that abortion should be done on a woman’s demand because it is her body which is involved, is not quite honest.  Consider the following:

My sister and her husband decided not to have children because my sister’s legs were paralyzed by polio. She was taking a pill to avoid pregnancy. One day, she called me because despite her need to avoid having a child, she was crying because she had a miscarriage. For different reasons, women have miscarriages. That is not the same as deliberately aborting a child, let alone doing so moments before the child is born. 

Rowe/Waide provided a compromise for that dilemma. Natural miscarriages happen for various reasons. Choice is not involved and therefore morality is irrelevant, apart from religious judgments. But, after the first trimester, abortion becomes a moral issue. And the word ‘abortion’ itself becomes a euphemism for killing an unborn child who also has a body with just a few parts to be completed. Of course I don’t believe that a woman should be legally restricted or punished by law for safely aborting a child for whatever reason, especially if the woman does not want the child. As grim as it may be, a child who its mother does not want is better off not being born.

I don’t know to what extent an unborn child feels pain (if any) when its head is bashed, but however painful an abortion may be to an unborn child (especially in earlier trimesters), abortions can’t be worse than living the first decade or so of its life without the care and love of its mother, an experience which almost certainly will affect the child negatively throughout its lifetime.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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THE ULTIMATE INHUMANITY

There are times when I think that there are two fundamentally different modern species of humans which in some ways are more different from each other than were Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals. 

The two modern species speak languages far more complex than any other species, they are both intelligent life, and even look the same as each other.

One of the modern species is dull/sharp, bungling/ingenious, sensitive/insensitive; the other is…well…for want of a better word…sub-human

I refer to advocates for neglect as a technique to abort a fetus. 

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Barbarism, Alive and Thriving

Physical barbarism

A long time before I lost my innocence, I believed that the advent of the Internet would make it  impossible for genocide to be globally exposed.  The carnage in Ukraine overwhelming proves otherwise. 

There are six basic types of genocide: National, Ethnical, Racial, Religious, ‘Politicide,’ and ‘Classicide,’ (e.g., those last two types of genocide occurred during the French and Russian revolutions.) One genocide, a huge misnomer, was called, The Great Leap Forward, a euphemism for mass murder, which includes ‘war crimes against humanity.’ 

Genocides are usually motivated by land grabs or sheer racist ignorance, even by otherwise fairly intelligent people.

Putin’s justification for genocide, like all justifications for genocides, is totally baseless. For those who know that, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, no explanation is possible.   

Intellectual Barbarism

I recently saw a clip on television that made my spine tingle with horror. It reminded me of a parallel clip I saw during the Cold War. That clip consisted of Russian university students who laughed at and shouted down their American counterparts as they attempted to describe American values. In retrospect I understand why Russian students unwittingly (and somewhat impolitely) behaved as they did.

However, it recently angered me to watch American university students prevent a politically conservative group of students from expressing their political views by shouting them down. Most of the professors present at that meeting must have been pleased to know that they had taught their students well.  

Unlike their Russian counterparts years ago, the American students derisively and noisily silenced freedom of speech, America’s primary political value. 

For those who perceive the irony of that, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, no explanation is possible.  

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