Ross Douthat defends the unborn while making war on living by Political Cynic

I can't say that the Ross Douthat essay of June 9,2012 titled Eugenics,Past and Present is surprising in any way. Mr. Douthat manufactures some self-serving political hysteria regarding research led by Jay Shendure, a professor at the University of Washington, who supervised a research team, that mapped the genome of the human fetus. Now, the mapping of the genome is not at the 100 % level but it is a beginning and Mr. Douthat takes that information and turns it in to a fable, that takes Eugenics as it's starting point. That this research has been done, but is not yet complete, is used as the beginning, the start of a carefully selected history of Eugenics, that argues that Political Liberals were the vanguard of this movement instead of being a part of larger and more diverse ethical,political,cultural support of this pseudoscience: the quest for a kind of human perfectibility based on the demonization of existing stereotypes of the socially unworthy, and a repugnant methodology for ridding society of those deemed least worthy. That Eugenics is now associated with Nazism which vindicates, makes for an easier argumentative strategy, Mr. Douthat's position that this research will be used, eventually, as a rationalization to perform abortions. It is very hard for Mr. Douthat to think of freedom, of the primacy of the exercise of individual conscious, in such matters, as being different than his felt imperatives.He is pro-life which translates into a politics of defense of the un-born and an empirically demonstrated hostility to the well being of the living. I'm not the first to recognize this glaring disparity of 'values', that exists within the Conservative milieu, and their fellow travelers, nor will I be the last to make that connection. It is very easy to see Mr. Douthat's essay will take it's place as one more example of Conservatism's war on science as demonstrative of the rise of the theocrats.
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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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