George Will, John M. Keynes, and Totalitarian Eugenics

In a touching but revealing column, conservative pundit and widely syndicated columnist George Will speaks to his son celebrating his 40th birthday while still handicapped by Down syndrome.  Jon, as George describes him, was born at a time when leaving a child at a hospital was "still considered an acceptable choice for parents who might prefer to institutionalize or put up for adoption children thought to have necessarily bleak futures." Within the age of nanny-state government, apathy toward child abandonment is both financed and encouraged by faceless bureaucrats waiting in the wings to institutionalize in a bare room (one which meets a litany of erroneous regulations, of course) those judged unacceptable for the public. And just as entitlement programs have bred a generation unable to comprehend what wealth-enhancing production entails, it has given these state devotees an aversion to imperfection.  The Great Society dogma can be reduced to the simple declaration that...(Read Full Article)