Wednesday, July 18, 2007

American Morality

Eric at Classical Values is discussing Clayton Cramers's piece on the prevalence of abortion before Roe. His conclusion about abortion is that it may actually be happening at a lower rate since Roe.

His most important point is his conclusion.

If you have to arrest and try your own citizens for a crime on a massive scale (as would be necessary to enforce a general ban on abortion), it is usually a bad indicator for the moral health of your society.
I wonder when we are going to apply this kind of thinking to drug prohibition? I look forward to a return of American morality.

Cross Posted at Classical Values and at The Astute Bloggers

2 comments:

LarryD said...

Two Words. Roe Effect.

I.e., in this context: abortions are declining because the women who view abortion as a mere choice of convince are culling themselves from the population. And since children tend to reflect their parents values (80+%), this means the number of women who view abortion so is declining.

Natural selection.

auntiegrav said...

I wonder when we are going to apply this kind of thinking to drug prohibition? I look forward to a return of American morality.

I put it in terms of complexity: Any system which is too complex to manage with reasonable resources is not necessary for future usefulness. (income tax -- www.fairtax.org)

What you refer to as "American morality" is actually American pragmatism, not morality. Unless, of course, you reach the point where morality is based upon pragmatism.
See 'Net Creativity', "Life as Anti-Entropy", etc.
If we could go back and give Jefferson all the information we now have about genetics, geology, advertising, energy, nuclear war, Area51, national socialists (corporatists), the Trusts, and environmental chemistry, I suspect he might have committed suicide rather than take on the burdens of such immense destruction of the pragmatic natural philosophies, or perhaps even chosen to remain British, where the illusion of colonial representation was simply a purchased item, rather than a statutory 'right' to be lost to delusion and scientific mob influence.