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Peter Singer asks: What If We All Submitted to Forced Sterilization?

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This latest gem from the utilitarian and horrifying  “ethicist” Peter Singer in the NY Times (and isn’t it great that the NY Times and Princeton University give a forum to a guy who teaches that infanticide and bestiality are OK?):

Here is a thought experiment to test our attitudes to this view. Most thoughtful people are extremely concerned about climate change. Some stop eating meat, or flying abroad on vacation, in order to reduce their carbon footprint. But the people who will be most severely harmed by climate change have not yet been conceived. If there were to be no future generations, there would be much less for us to feel to guilty about.

So why don’t we make ourselves the Last Generation on Earth? If we would all agree to have ourselves sterilized then no sacrifices would be required — we could party our way into extinction!

Of course, it would be impossible to get agreement on universal sterilization, but just imagine that we could. Then is there anything wrong with this scenario? Even if we take a less pessimistic view of human existence than Benatar, we could still defend it, because it makes us better off — for one thing, we can get rid of all that guilt about what we are doing to future generations — and it doesn’t make anyone worse off, because there won’t be anyone else to be worse off.

Read the whole piece here.



Written by Michael Duenes

June 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Posted in Duenes, Ethics

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  1. wow. just wow. Every time I read Singer am renewed in my belief that there is a certain kind of stupidity that only a very educated man can possess. Also it seems interesting to me that he is really concerned with getting ride of guilt.


    June 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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