A bill drawn up by Lord Falconer, a former Labour lord chancellor, to legalise “assisted dying” – allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally-ill patients – is before the House of Lords. Peers are expected to vote on the plans in the next four months. The decision by the Belgian parliament last month to extend assisted suicide to children led to fresh warnings that any legalisation, however strict the safeguards, could become a “slippery slope”.The slippery slope no longer exists. In matters of basic good and evil, all slopes have become cliffs. Looking at it in engineering terms: Legislation is a step function. A new law is a cliff. In ancient times we had peculiar filters called "churches" and "families" that cushioned the step function; in some cases they were able to decouple entirely from the evils of the State. Cultural storage and physical storage provided a reactance or counter-EMF. People could rely on "churches" for moral guidance, and could rely on their cellars or silos or reservoirs or bank accounts for subsistence. [Abbreviations: B = Battery or Bernanke. S = Switch or State. R = Resistor or Regulations. C = Capacitor or Culture.] = = = = = = = = = = = = = Now those filters are extinct. No capacitive filtering, no inhibitory feedback. No cultural storage, no financial storage, no source of power to counter the government. In place of cultural storage we have Apple and Google and Antipope Miss Francine, eagerly anticipating and augmenting each new evil theory. In place of financial storage we have Quantitative Counterfeiting, eagerly generating new false "money" to amplify the decisions of government. Now here's the nice straightforward statement:
Several other ministers and senior MPs and peers have previously signalled support for the move. Mr Lamb said he was now convinced that “the State should not stand in the way” of people determined to end their life, as long as strict safeguards were in place.Get it? The State should not stand in the way of evil. Too bad old Churchill wasn't aware of this British concept. Would have saved him, and his nation, a fair bit of trouble.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.