For those that think the talk of a ‘culture of death’ is overblown, check out this book from philosopher David Benetar called ‘Better Not to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence”. He defends an ‘anti-natalism’ view that suggests it is always a serious harm to come into existence. It is, on this view, always wrong to have children. He then argues that, when combined with pro-choice views, you get a pro-death view that sees abortion as something of a moral mandate.
Among the central claims: ‘Those that never existed cannot be deprived’. Apparently our psychology tricks us into thinking life is worth living when it isn’t, so we are ‘resistant to the suggestion that they were seriously harmed by being brought into existence’. Umm … isn’t that basically nonsense? If what he is referring to are things that are not, then ‘who’ is he talking about?
Can anything get published now, so long as its politics are on the right (well, left) side?