No Off Switch

by Brad Nelson   10/2/14

Because one is required to do more than just put up a link, I will make a few comments. But basically this blog post amounts to little more than “read this”: Something is Rotten in the State of Europe.

Here’s an excerpt:

It was difficult not to be reminded of this advice when reading that a majority of Germany’s Ethics Council recently called for the abolition of legal constraints upon incest. Referring to a case in which a man had entered into a relationship with his biological sister, the Council declared: “The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination has more weight in such cases than the abstract protection of the family.”

Note the association by a group of moral philosophers of the expression “fundamental right” with incest, but also their linking of the word “abstract” with the family. Language matters, and these words speak volumes about the health of academic ethical reflection in Europe today. Could it be, however, that this and similar developments reflect a deeper unhinging that’s well underway throughout the Old Continent, especially Western Europe?

Bascially this is Samuel Gregg playing Mark Steyn. And rather than this being a back-handed compliment, we need more people like Mr. Gregg to be pointing out the obvious truth of the degradation of Western Civilization by the lunatic ideas of the Left. Thank you, Mr. Gregg.

And that part about incest being a “right” should lead everyone to the same conclusion: There are some ideologies that are of the type that they have no “off” switch. There have no equivalent of the idea of “up to a point.” Much like libertarianism, Progressivism is a zealous ideology that can’t seem to do anything else but take every one of its ideas and ram it to the lengths of absurdity.


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14 Responses to No Off Switch

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    One can think of this as “defining deviancy down” or “the slippery slope” or the Overton window. The basic problem is that once you decide that moral standards are irrelevant, and traditional values suspect, there is no way to stop the descent from perversion to degeneracy.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The basic problem is that once you decide that moral standards are irrelevant, and traditional values suspect, there is no way to stop the descent from perversion to degeneracy.

      My thought on that, Timothy, is that there is a Utopian impulse behind the Left and “Progressivism” . . . just as there is behind Libertarianism. That’s what drives the “no off switch” factor. There is no sense of proportion or propriety and very little wisdom is allowed to seep in.

      Legalizing incest (and all other forms of sexual conduct) is a natural outcome of an ideology that is based upon “not that.” Leftism is an ideology that relates to society as a sledgehammer does to a brick wall. It’s orientation is to tear down. That’s all it has. There is no “off switch” in regards to what sexual perversions will be legalized once you have declared that all that has come before you is inherently tainted and in need of the wrecking ball or sledgehammer.

      Leftism not only makes one stupid but makes one morally stupid as well.

  2. GHG says:

    Well it’s about time the archaic, nay oppressive, shackles of vestigial Elizabethan morality be once and for all eliminated from modern civilization. With the good news out of Germany, my armadillo and I plan to move to Germany where we will be able to enjoy our life together, away from the intolerant bigotry that pushes our relationship into the shadows. Now we’ll be free to celebrate our union of one man and one armadillo, just two loving and consenting individuals expressing our natural right to do what feels right.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      You at least show some sense. Better an armadillo than a porcupine.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Rodentaphobe!!!

        Who are you to judge what is better or not? All desires are equally valid and fulfilling. To quote my high school coach, “there is no gain without pain.”

        You, you caveman bigot.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          And mating with a porcupine would certainly supply plenty of pain. As for the gain, I suspect there would be a bit of a plumbing problem (as my 12th grade teacher pointed out regarding the accusation that Gulliver was fooling around with the Queen of Lilliput).

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Yes, you’re right. Thanks for sending me to reeducation camp. All lifestyle choices are equally valid…including me taking some chick (maybe 3), confining her to my home inside a veil and maybe beating her if she so much as shows a little skin outside the home or looks at another man.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Allah knew you’d come around eventually.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I see you are beginning to understand the seriousness of your crimes.

            To complete your rehabilitation, you must write, “I am a racist, homophobic, misanthropic, misogynistic, white, male, Anglo-Saxon, protestant (at least by heritage) rodentaphobe who hates old people and Muslims.” one thousand times.

            Once you have done that, send $50 to the World Wildlife Fund and $50 to the re-elect Obama PAC and all will be forgiven.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Better be careful. I understand you can get leprosy from armadillos. I hope you have a nice bell handy, just in case.

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