[Marxism] Re: Z mag/Disability Rights Watch: Terri Schiavo and thoseco

Lueko Willms l.willms at jpberlin.de
Sun Mar 27 13:27:00 MST 2005

.    On  27.03.05
  wrote  cerejota at optonline.net (Carlos A. Rivera)
     in  003401c532fb$f475d430$dea87045 at Robotnik1
  about  Re: [Marxism] Z mag/Disability Rights Watch: Terri Schiavo and thoseco

CAR> Or all of the sudden disability rights activists a non-ideological,
CAR> non-religious lot simply because they claim to?
CAR> Doesn't it enter your mind  the real of possibility that at least
CAR> some of the disability rights activists are informed by religious
CAR> and political ideas that can be described as reactionary (Republican
CAR> rigth) and/or "papist"?

  And if they were, what matters?

  Do people which you describe as "reactionary" or "papist" not have  
the right to voice their opinion?

  "Papists" and other religious leaders have opposed the euthanasia  
program of the Nazis in Germany, and, I would think, that the whole  
working class movement has supported their stance. Sure, there were  
others who have cooperated with the Nazis, and some of them have  
changed their attitude over time. Bethel, the large protestant run  
psychiatric hospital and asylum on the outskirts of Bielefeld is such  
a case (v.-Bodelschwinghsche Anstalten).

CAR> Or are disability rights activists some kind of special people,
CAR> completely devoid of class and ideological alliangeces, and
CAR> completely devoted solely to advancing the rights of disabled
CAR> people?
CAR> Such views require and incredible excercise in disingeniousness.
CAR> Yes, what disability rights people have to say about the case is
CAR> important, but to claim they have some sort of moral superiority
CAR> simply because they are disabled, and further, to claim they live in
CAR> an ideological vacuum is to say the least, naive.

   I can't remember having read that in this declaration, so I think  
this perception must be completely your own.

  What is important for me is the strong assertion, that nobody has  
the right to dispose of the life of somebody else because he thinks  
that this other person is no longer worth living, for whatever  

  I was personally confronted with such views, when most of my  
brothers and sisters opposed the operation which could have saved the  
life of my mother, because the life in a wheelchair (the operation  
proposed by the doctors was the amputation of a leg) would not be  
worth living.

  The advances of medical science and technology have increasingly  
turned death from a natural calamity into a self-determined  
termination of life. Everybody should have the right to end her or his  
own life, but not be subjected to somebody else who despises one's  
level of life.

Lüko Willms                                     http://www.mlwerke.de
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