“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night….”
I am mailing it in on the holiday. To do so, I thought I’d encourage readers of this blog to check out at least two other bioethics blogs that may not always be linked in the usual places.
One is Wesley Smith’s “Human Exceptionalism” blog at National Review Online. Posts are reasonably frequent (although none in December 2012), with an emphasis on human dignity concerns (end-of-life, distinguishing human and animal moral status), biotechnology and risks of commoditizing human life, and the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). Conservative, both socially and politically, as I take conservatism generally to be understood in today’s America.
The other is the “Over 65 Blog” at the Hastings Center website. Organized by Daniel Callahan and colleagues, this blog focuses on reflections by senior citizens on health care, health policy, and generational issues raised by those and by the aging of our population generally. The five stated goals are “a stronger role for seniors, self-determination, more care/less technology, confronting the cost problem, and the economic and family needs of the over-65 generation.” The general perspective is more progressive or at least center-left. Last week brought a really interesting post from Alicia Munnell, a management professor at Boston College, refuting the idea that older people working longer will mean taking jobs from the young.
I think both are thoughtful and authoritative, and welcome respites from the talking-point fiascos of broadcast journalism.