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Of Australia’s Dr Death and “Peaceful Pills”

Posted on May 19 2010 10:00 am
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and polemicist. His works have been posted on numerous sites from The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). He blogs at Positively Churchillian.
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In “The Office,” season four, episode one, the “assistant to the regional manager,” Dwight Schrute visits his vulnerable work colleague Meredith, in hospital. She’s recovering from a workplace accident. But Dwight sees an opportunity to release her from life’s pain:

Hospital visitor Dwight: Blink once if you want to pull the plug.

Hospital patient Meredith: Don’t pull any plugs.

Dwight is a population-control nut with Nazi relatives and this is how he justifies his theology:

With the electricity we’re using to keep Meredith alive, we could power a small fan for two days. You tell me what’s unethical.

Jokes aside, though, there are activists like Dwight and patients like Meredith. But moreover, there are also political parties and dubious doctors promoting a culture of death, or the new duty to die.  Australia’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), however, puts it ever so nicely:

The LDP believes adults have a right to end their own lives, with or without assistance, and to have access to information to help them do it.

There is no more fundamental expression of individual freedom than the right to decide what you do with your own body.

If the law prevents rational adults [as defined by the party] from making free choices about what we can do with our own bodies then we are not really free at all, because our bodies do not belong to us but to the State.

Similar arguments were made by Hitler’s National Socialist Workers’ Party. But to add fuel to the fire, the LDP is also promoting the “Peaceful Pill Handbook,” by Australia’s Dr. Philip Nitschke, aka Dr. Death, on their website.

Again, it is all in the name of “individual freedom,” so it must be good, right? But scratch beneath the surface: Australia’s Dr. Death believes his so-called research should also be made available to – I quote – “the troubled teen,” suggesting that there is more going on here than meets the eye. Will the Nazi-like future also bring us “the troubled child?”

For now, the LDP is promoting Dr Death’s “peaceful pills” for (my guess) the troubled grandma with money-hungry relatives, the troubled lady with “rational” environmental fears, the troubled man with a history of undiagnosed depression, the troubled grandpa with literacy issues, the troubled mother who presents herself to the world as sane under pressure, the troubled self-hating actor, and the troubled artist with serious financial issues. And most troubling of all, some of Europe’s elite Flemish doctors are now putting down so-called useless eater patients, without their consent, if Australia really wants trouble.

The good news? Thankfully, middle-aged Meredith escaped Dwight Schrute’s Nazi theology. But you tell me what’s unethical.


Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information see, Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.

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