On Life and Luxury

“VACCINE hesitancy is a First World privilege,” wrote an enraged Jennifer Oriel on Monday in one of many pieces featuring the h-word craze all our dutiful betters are hula hooping. The citizens of India and Brazil “do not have the luxury of a Covid vaccine and they are dying for want of it,” Oriel scolded, deploying a comparison beloved of a thousand mothers on vegetable patrol. They die for the want of many things – hygiene above all – but few arouse the interest of Australian columnists. Diarrhoea kills between 800,000 and one million Indian children a year and hospitalises 900,000 more. Indians also don’t have the luxury of gender-mutilating children who do survive or of killing others before they’re even born. Westerners have the luxury of doing – or not doing – innumerable things the world’s poor do not.

Here’s another Western privilege without equal in the brown and struggling world: not skipping a beat for the past year to enact new laws that allow doctors to kill the sick. Politicians in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia chose a global death event as the backdrop for a malapropos putsch to facilitate… death. They could have earmarked funds to buy vaccines for, say, Indians, and reconsidered “assisting” the vulnerable to die during a co-epidemic of isolation, unemployment and melancholy caused by the useless lockdowns they arrogantly imposed. But I suspect this pandemic has been regarded by them as an ideal (rather than grubby) stage for their ‘reforms.’ The pitch: death is stalking us as never before; why not get the jump on it?

Slut-shaming the Hesitant, nuisance-shaming the weak

Continuing as chastiser of the Selfish Hesitant on behalf of the Noble Eager, Oriel says that “many Australians are rejecting the vaccine by choice and women are leading the march of the privileged.” Well, here’s a feminist novelty. It’s a privilege for women to choose what and who penetrates their bodies? If setting aside women’s physical autonomy for the benefit of the economy is the goal, why not reward the fecund and shame the barren as Germany did in the 1930s and early 40s? The idea that our bodies in some measure belong to ‘society’ at the behest of the state is deranged and evil. When Billy Hughes wanted to tip thousands of extra bodies into Moloch’s insatiable maw in 1916 and 1917, Australian voters twice rejected his plans. Interestingly – as these conscription posters demonstrate, Hughes targeted women “Antis” in terms Oriel would recognise. Simply replace the Kaiser with the coronavirus.

Related to all of this in two ways is the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill introduced to the Queensland Parliament by Annastacia Palaszczuk. First, the most aggro of the Vaccers are the most dogmatic of the VADers. Your body/our choice one minute; my body/my choice the next. Even their hypocrisy is sloppy. No, commissioning an assassin is not an expression of bodily independence. Second, for the reasons stated above, the Premier’s agenda is First World extravagance at its most offensively ill-timed. To say nothing of a professed Catholic’s godly hubris:

“Many Queenslanders who have watched a loved one suffer feel passionately that there must be dignified options available to everyone,” she said on Tuesday.

“[The bill] provides a chain of safeguards to ensure only those at the end of life can make these choices and then only those capable of making that choice for themselves.”

 
If the last 16 months have proved anything, it’s that a “chain of safeguards” forged by governments will protect us. Right? But that howler isn’t what makes Palaszczuk’s bill so morally crass. Nor its proponents’ conveniently on-again off-again reverence for choice. Nor even a Premier reassuring us the medical establishment’s judgement is fail-safe while dodging the plonk of AstraZeneca and authorising ‘doctors’ to kill. No, it’s morally crass because its foundational premise is that suffering is undignified. Not just undignified but harmful to others. This, then, is the barbarian revolution at the top of Australia’s things-to-do list. Coinciding with both a pandemic endangering the elderly and an aged ‘care’ sector collapse, this virus-like utilitarianism will train successive waves of the dying to believe they may have to be murdered to be loved.

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49 Responses to On Life and Luxury

  1. Roger says:

    Abortion: My body. My choice!

    Vaccine: Just get the damned thing already!

  2. miltonf says:

    Why pay money to be lectured and insulted by yet another marxist egghead with a dime-a-dozen p haitch d?

  3. cuckoo says:

    With perfect hindsight one of the Kent Brockmans on Nine news last night was intoning that the latest “outbreak” in Melbourne was “inevitable” given the “slow” uptake of vaccination.

  4. Annie says:

    I was furious when I read Jennifer Oriel’s article. I am sick of all the ‘vaccine’ shaming. All entirely predictable however.

  5. Ellen of Tasmania says:

    “For now, the official term is ‘vaccine-hesitant’, slyly melding bogus paternalism with the imputation of cowardice. The best rebuttal of this term asserts its redundancy and inadequacy alike: I may once have been vaccine-hesitant, but having read the Government’s own data I’m now vaccine-adamant, thank you. ”

    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/a-dispatch-from-the-covid-word-war/

  6. Captain Katzenjammer says:

    No, it’s morally crass because its foundational premise is that suffering is undignified.

    The dignity of facing head on whatever is your fate.
    Not the indignity of side-stepping whatever comes at the end.
    Go out with your boots on, maybe ugg boots for a bit of comfort.
    See it through to the end.

  7. Delta A says:

    An excellent post, C.L.

    Your body/our choice one minute; my body/my choice the next.

    And as yet another vaccine death is recorded, the plaintive cries of premiers as they slam shut their borders: If it saves just one life!

    Do none of them see these contradictions?

  8. Infidel Tiger King says:

    Anyone worried about Covid should be forceably vaxxed.

  9. John A says:

    The citizens of India and Brazil “do not have the luxury of a Covid vaccine and they are dying for want of it,” Oriel scolded,

    Those citizens don’t need the luxury of the vaccines. Their governments have adopted HCQ and ivermectin treatments for their patients/citizens.

  10. Damon says:

    The ‘outbreak’ occurred in Victoria. What else needs to be said?

  11. Terry says:

    ‘…intoning that the latest “outbreak” in Melbourne was “inevitable” given the “slow” uptake of vaccination.

    Smacks of a psychopath complaining, “look what you made me do…”

    Their malevolence is your fault.

    We note the glee with which the legacy media has enthusiastically indulged in pandemic porn. No one wants or needs a lecture on morals and duty from these abhorrent human beings.

  12. Lee says:

    Jennifer Oriel is doing precisely what Dictator Dan’s government is doing – blaming the public for the government’s failure.

  13. Chris M says:

    Who snuffs the unwanted?

    Wouldn’t be doctors right? Trained to save lives, do no harm and all that.

    Maybe it could be a new career opening with TAFE training and all.

  14. Dave in Marybrook says:

    “look what you made me do…”
    Brilliant meme, Terry- I love using the axioms of the left against them.

  15. Diogenes says:

    given the “slow” uptake of vaccination

    Did i imagine the crowing of VicGov at Victoria’s fantastically fast vaccine rollout a few weeks ago?

  16. Chris M says:

    Hoping CL will do an article on the recent findings (Salk etc) related to the spike protein – turns out this this is not merely an attachment mechanism but causes a significant part of the Wuhan virus disease symptoms. Besides being what the new vaccines create en mass in your body. In simple terms:

    Virus core = respiratory disease, coughing, lung damage
    Spike protein = vascular disease, clotting, low platelets, heart muscle damage

    Small dose – barely noticeable, asymptomatic or mild symptoms, immune response. Large dose (virus or vaccine) – vascular issues, significant immune system reaction.

  17. Dave in Marybrook says:

    “My body, My Choice” is currently on my lips a lot. Just about every social justice cause, big and small, of the last fifty years has a shadow of it within-
    Sexual liberation
    Abortion
    No fault divorce
    Euthanasia (note, this word has been memory-holed for the acronymnic VAD)
    Tatts and piercings in the armed forces
    Decriminalization of drugs
    Safe injecting rooms
    Decriminalization of sodomy
    Even the recent insanity of nuetering small children, Gender Reassignment Medicine, has at its heart- and as its only justification- my body, my choice. Even for these poor souls, far below the age of consent or criminal responsibility, far below the age where their judgement can be trusted with booze, vehicles, voting, far below the reliable reach of psychanalysis, the God-complex doctors chant “Their Body, Their Choice” as they pick up the needles and scalpels.
    The Left will wield My Body, My Choice, in one hand and You Owe Your Life To Society in the other, because it suits their lust to power.

  18. Figures says:

    Leftists only believe in things that they think will destroy the family and civilisation and leftists defend vaccines more vociferously than they do practically anything else.

    Let me explain this to all of you on the Right. If any vaccine in history had ever prevented a single case of disease then everybody on the Left would be avidly opposed to them.

    Monty, Numbers etc know perfectly well that vaccines are useless and dangerous and that’s why they love them. They kill and maim children which is what leftists love to do. And what’s worse they ensure that it is the parents who are part of the killing and maiming so the family destroying aspects of the paradigm are two-fold.

    Astonishingly, the Right falls over themselves to agree with the Left on this issue. Indeed they somehow manage to persuade themselves that not wanting to be injected by government approved toxins is, somehow, a *left wing* cause!

  19. Rosie says:

    Shaming people on either side of the vaccine aisle needs to stop.

    I’d think my 85 year old mother should probably get it but I haven’t said a word to her that might imply she should.

    Another great piece though CL.

    Survive covid so you can get euthanasia really old and sick people!

  20. duncanm says:

    well, at least we have unearthed a true anti-vaxxer.

  21. duncanm says:

    India
    Deaths from covid to date: 225 per million.
    Normal death date: 140 per million per week (7300/yr)

  22. Primer says:

    “suffering is undignified.”
    That wasn’t the reason Dad wanted to leave before the 6 months was up….. it was the unbearable sadness of dying and utter hopelessness for a lover of life.
    I’m waiting for a Catholic to tell me it was some “character building” he would have missed out on.

  23. Dave in Marybrook says:

    The reason most godless Marxist lefties want euthanasia is because they cannot look into their past of family, culture, Christianity, and see anything they value- and they cannot bear to stare into the void of death and see nothingness for themselves.
    It’s not to say that no-one with faith in humanity does not suffer existentially when faced with death- of course they might. My 97-yo gran is in care, with galloping dementia, and she knows that her body and mind are deserting her. Nonetheless, I go in and sit with her, and find myself reciting deeds and events of her great grandkids and granddaughters-in-law that she can’t quite place, but it’s a mantra of good faith that does us both good to touch in on.
    For those minutes, neither of us would dream of Voluntary Assisted Dying. Only the faithless- or sociopathic- would ever consider it.

  24. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Vaccine hesitant ? The cities of Bolton and Blackburn in England had plenty of scoffers mocking people lining up for the vaccine ,there are a lot of Indians and Pakis living there ,one “english”Indian brough the Indian Variant of the chinese bio war virus back with him from India. Now the hospitals are full and the mockers are cmplaining they cannt get the vaccine quickly enough ,nothing better to change peoples mids an a bit of reality.

  25. Dave in Marybrook says:

    And Primer, sorry for our adjacent comments. I’m not trying to tee off on anyone here, just my thoughts.

  26. Joanna Smythe says:

    I would like someone to ask the Government why they will not allow the use of HCQ and Ivermectin, both tried and tested worldwide. Why they will not promote the use of Vitamin D and Zinc, also available over the counter. I would also like them to stop fearmongering every time there is another case of this Covid and would they please tell people that 99% of cases recover after mild symptoms and people with other issues and who are elderly are usually the people who are most severely affected. Would they also let people know that a few thousand have died after getting the vaccine and when a SARS vaccine was being used, less than 100 died but it was withdrawn from use. Facts and figures are being withheld and the public is only being told what the Government and media want them to hear in order to promote the money making vaccine.

  27. Primer says:

    All fine Dave.
    But your Gran’s situation is not my Father’s situation.

  28. C.L. says:

    I’m waiting for a Catholic to tell me it was some “character building” he would have missed out on.

    You’ll be waiting for a long time because that isn’t a Catholic argument.
    The fact that our parents die doesn’t mean the state has the authority to kill people.

    I don’t know why people pretend to struggle to understand this.

  29. Primer says:

    “it’s morally crass because its foundational premise is that suffering is undignified.”

    Oh…. I thought therefore your obvious argument is that suffering is dignified….and I will participate?

  30. Dave in Marybrook says:

    States wielding authority is the clincher, but even quicker and deadlier is individuals grabbing the knife while handballing their individual responsibility to the Party.
    The filth handcuffing women in their kitchens, because the Commissioner.
    The arbitrary formation of the National Cabinet, because the recalcitrant Premiers, eh Scotty?
    Premiers locking down the proles because the Chief Medical Officer.
    The surgeon neutering kids because The Lancet.
    The nurse practitioner drawing up the Green Dream because VAD.
    The APLO looking the other way because Big Man.

  31. Rosie says:

    Using euphemisms like euthanasia like calling the unborn foetuses is just an attempt to disguise reality.

    Proponents of euthanasia should never wring their hands over youth suicide either.

    You’ve given it the tick of approval.

  32. C.L. says:

    To say that suffering is undignified is to say that human beings and life itself are undignified. It is a misanthropic worldview.

    Or are you saying the journey of a child who loses a leg to a rare cancer and learns to walk again after 24 months in hospital has no dignity?

  33. Primer says:

    “learns to walk again after 24 months in hospital has no dignity?”
    There’s your problem, you’re using a false comparison wrapped in hope.
    Unbearable utter hopelessness is the curse of terminal disease. It effects people in different ways. Best you deal with it as you choose and let others do likewise.

  34. Dave in Marybrook says:

    I’ve realized that euthanasia per se does not necessitate medical intervention.
    A natural death, with the full inheritance of philosophy and medicine to ease mental and corporeal suffering, is the very definition of euthanasia.
    Voluntary Assisted Dying is not euthanasia. It is not even “dying”. It is newspeak-
    It is really Voluntary Assisted Termination.

  35. Rosie says:

    Christians have hope of eternal life.

  36. Epicurious says:

    duncanm says:
    May 27, 2021 at 12:49 pm
    India
    Deaths from covid to date: 225 per million.
    Normal death date: 140 per million per week (7300/yr)

    Review this statement and be more honest with the data. You know I’m right.

  37. Ed Case says:

    Who snuffs the unwanted?

    Nursie, of course.
    You didn’t think Doctors were going to put their hands up for murder, did you?

  38. Ed Case says:

    LNP leader David Crisafulli says he’s undecided about the “Euthanasia” Bill.
    Wow, the “debate” has been bubbling along his entire life, and he still doesn’t know where he stands.

  39. Squirrel says:

    The paragraph beginning “Continuing as chastiser of the Selfish Hesitant…” was absolutely superb – thank you.

    The largest of the lies being told by the “get the jab” crusaders is that we can have our cake and eat it, too – i.e. have the level of freedom and absence of (known) virus in the Australian community that we’ve had for most of the last year and also have “open borders”.

    Open borders is, of course, what matters most to the people with the largest and most powerful megaphones and – most importantly of all – to the people who pull their strings and pay their salaries.

    That’s not to suggest that we can go on forever as “Fortress Australia”, but the people who want the fortress dismantled need to stop lying to the public about what that will mean – a good start might be to look at infection numbers and deaths in the US (now being held up as a model of vaccination) and divide by about 13 to get comparable figures for a much more open Australia.

  40. C.L. says:

    Deaths from covid to date: 225 per million.
    Normal death date: 140 per million per week (7300/yr)

    Review this statement and be more honest with the data.

    I haven’t written anything about national mortality data.
    ————–
    Approximately half of all internet commenters nowadays cannot or will not actually reading anything longer than a tweet.

  41. Roger says:

    To say that suffering is undignified is to say that human beings and life itself are undignified. It is a misanthropic worldview.

    Well said.

    Alas, I think our culture has become misanthropic, particularly since we lost our religious bearings.

    Now, what is misanthropic is presented as good.

    The father of lies is staging a fightback.

  42. C.L. says:

    Open borders is, of course, what matters most to the people with the largest and most powerful megaphones and – most importantly of all – to the people who pull their strings and pay their salaries.

    Indeed. This has become almost comically obvious – especially at News Corp. Those columnists really want to jet out of here ASAP.

    I don’t think Australia has a single equivalent in the world for comparative purposes. We’re Los Angeles spread over an entire continent – but also first world, medically. The country’s officials seem to be incapable of formulating truly native extrapolations and policy.

  43. Rosie says:

    Unlike the US and Europe which have had tens of thousands of deaths before either effective treatment regimes or vaccinations, Australia is in an almost luxurious position in relation to covid.

    If every person in the vulnerable category has had the opportunity to be vaccinated if they so wish, and our hospitals are fully equipped to deal with severe cases, we ought to expect to get significantly less severe cases and deaths at this stage.

    The trouble seems, to me, is we have been set up for ‘one is too many.’

    An impossible expectation to manage.

  44. Robber Baron says:

    Very few Australians know who Oriel is, even fewer care what she thinks. I’ll wager zero Indians and Brazilians have ever heard of her. She is irrelevant.

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  46. dover_beach says:

    Those citizens don’t need the luxury of the vaccines. Their governments have adopted HCQ and ivermectin treatments for their patients/citizens.

    And it worked and is working very well.

  47. dover_beach says:

    There’s your problem, you’re using a false comparison wrapped in hope.
    Unbearable utter hopelessness is the curse of terminal disease.

    The comparison isn’t false at all. The boys ‘fight’ is not redeemed by regaining the power of locomotion. His determination or composure needs no redemption. It would be dignified even if he never regained that power.

    It effects people in different ways. Best you deal with it as you choose and let others do likewise.

    This is nonsense. No one believes that we let people deal with the suffering of losing a loved one ‘as they choose’, even if it means abandoning their children, engaging in promiscuity, descending into illicit drugs, and so on. We attempt to console them in their loss, but steer them away from such nihilism and towards the good.

    BTW, this idea that we can have a medico-legal system that approves of euthanasia and yet is neutral as to its use socially, is disingenuous beyond words.

  48. Kneel says:

    “Unbearable utter hopelessness is the curse of terminal disease.”

    Only if you let it be.
    Barry Sheen just kept on doing what he did until a couple of weeks before he passed, despite the pain and despite the awful consequences of the drugs he was being treated with.
    Heroic stoicism, you might call it.
    No-one wants to hear how hard it is for you, most especially those who will outlive you.
    Life is what you make of it, so choose to make it good and it will be, however short or shortened. And how much better to know in advance, rather than to just be snuffed out without warning – to be able to forgive those who wronged you, and apologise to those you wronged before you leave this life. That is a blessing, if you choose to see it so.

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