Post-Mortem Body Socialism

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Why should the state decide on the fate of one’s organs? In the U.K., it seems that politicians are ready to assume that your body belongs to them by default:

The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of the national register or family members objected.

There should be no government requirement to opt out because the state has absolutely no better claim over the deceased (or the deceased’s family or agents).

The British government is trying to solve the shortage of organ donors. Yet one must ask if there happens to be an intervention in the organ market. Why…there is! Again and again, the cycle of interventionism leads to greater interventions.

Sadly, the damage doesn’t stop with the dead. The Brits are planning to tag prisoners with chips “in order to create more space in jails.”

It is a terribly sad state of affairs when humans are domesticated by their peers.

10:38 pm on January 12, 2008