The War on Womeningitis
November 15, 2012 § 33 Comments
Unfortunately my writing often strikes folks as rather opaque, which no doubt arises from my own personal limitations as a thinker and a writer. My recent post on the relationship between women’s suffrage and abortion is a case in point, so let me approach the subject from a different angle.
The modern abortion regime is – objectively, even just as a matter of sheer numbers – one of the worst holocausts perpetrated on the innocent in human history. The Nazis have nothing on us in terms of raw body count, and unlike them we’ve managed to arrange things in a way that we can keep our holocaust going indefinitely, hiding it from view under the rock of material prosperity. This is obviously a symptom of a horrible disease in our society.
Two of the main symptoms of meningitis are a stiff neck and a fever. We can find out if the patient has these symptoms by asking him, poking him, and taking his temperature.
It is an obvious fact of human society that personal views and actions are not always coherent. Tobacco vendors, in the days before the link between tobacco use and cancer was understood, no doubt were personally opposed to cancer. But their actions nevertheless enabled the spread of cancer as a matter of fact. So asking a group of people what they personally support and oppose is not an accurate way to determine what they are and are not in fact materially enabling. Looking at a specific individual cell in a man’s body may or may not tell us whether he has meningitis; but taking his temperature and checking for a stiff neck will give us a very good indication.
I propose that taking a group’s temperature on the matter of women’s suffrage, and determining how stiff-necked they are about it, is a good diagnostic test for the social disease that causes the abortion holocaust. A scale of group attitudes something like the following would apply:
The very notion of denying women the vote is deeply offensive and misogynistic, you Taliban! You are probably going to Hell and should not call yourself Catholic!
Denying women the vote may not be intrinsically immoral, but even talking about this in public is off the table, you crazy loon! Progress has happened and there is no turning back!
We really don’t see any strong connection between women’s suffrage/feminism and abortion. The enshrinement of freedom and equal rights as the most authoritative political principles in our society – that is, political liberalism – doesn’t have any necessary connection to abortion. [Note: the sign here is failure to see and acknowledge a strong organic connection. Sometimes this is accompanied by an insistence that a strong organic connection requires logical necessity, which in fact it does not. My smart commenters helped me flesh out the difference between a strong organic connection and a logically necessary connection: see the comments. A strong organic connection is not a logically necessary connection. ]
I’d give up women’s suffrage in a heartbeat if it would cause us to reverse course on abortion. It is ridiculous to even compare the gravity of an optional structural feature of government to the gravity of the slaughter of millions of innocent children. This of course does not excuse treating women as chattel or ignoring their needs and interests.
A group with a moderate to high fever is – regardless of what their personal views on abortion may be – a material enabler of the abortion holocaust. Groups with a mild fever may think they are helping, but you don’t win a war by being lukewarm and these folks have been losing this war for decades.