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The Life-Style Left Exploits the Poor

December 14th, 2010

The Life Style Left exploits the poor

Back in the day, when the Left used to go through the motions of standing up for the poor and downtrodden, they used words like, “alienation,” “exploitation,” “oppression of the weak by the rich” and “atomistic individualism.” Capitalism promoted all these Bad Things, you see, and the Left was going to do something to stop them.
Well now, the commercialization of human reproduction (reported on here, by the Wall Street Journal) has gone global and creates every one of these Bad Things at a deeper and more profound level than ordinary market capitalism ever did. And the Left is cheering this all on, in the name of individual freedom of choice, I guess.

“Alienation:” selling your sperm or egg amounts to alienating your own body and your own child. You will have children, and maybe grandchildren out in the world, whom you will never know.
“Exploitation:” see the film “Eggsploitation” by my colleague Jennifer Lahl at the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network to see how damaging egg “donation” can be to young women, and how they receive nowhere near enough information to give “informed consent.”
“Oppression of the weak by the rich:” poor women in poor countries are favored as surrogate mothers. They deliver a child to a rich person or couple, and they will never see that child again.
“Atomistic individualism:” this was the term the Left used to use as a smear against the market economy for being too competitive and not sufficiently cooperative. But conceiving and raising a child is the most basic cooperative venture in all of the human experience. A man and a woman come together, at least once, to conceive the child in the first place, and hopefully, cooperate with each other for a lifetime to raise the child. In the Life Style Left’s brave new world, an individual can have a child without ever having a single personal encounter with another human being. It doesn’t get any more atomized than that!

I encourage all Regular Ruth Readers to go and comment on this WSJ story. You will see that Mr. Rupak is essentially using the pages of the Journal as a glorified infomercial. Tell your friends to comment on this story. You will be revolted by the comments already there.

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  1. Sean
    December 14th, 2010 at 11:12 | #1

    I’m confused. How is reproductive assistance a “leftist” thing? Don’t conservatives ever use surrogate mothers, or fertility drugs, or birth control or abortion? Most humans have a natural want to reproduce and be parents. It is unclear to me why these desires must be stamped out.

  2. Mark
    December 14th, 2010 at 12:44 | #2

    Agree with Sean. Isn’t the right all about free enterprise (at any cost)?

  3. Marty
    December 14th, 2010 at 13:04 | #3

    While I won’t defend “the right’s” use of ART, I will say that they typically only use it for medical fertility problems. Not simply because they hate boys, or hate girls, or just can’t get a date. (aka social fertility problems which the left champions.)

  4. Sean
    December 14th, 2010 at 13:39 | #4

    Who hates boys or girls? Someone is having a baby because they can’t get a date? Huh?!

  5. Mark
    December 14th, 2010 at 15:44 | #5

    LOL, Marty that is the most ridiculous, laughable thing I’ve seen all day!

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