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Today's World Census Report
The Highest Drug Use in Right to Life
World Census experts sampled many cakes of dubious content to determine which nations' citizens consume the most recreational drugs.
As a region, Right to Life is ranked 15,885th in the world for Highest Drug Use.
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A bit of Pro-Life news from the North of Ireland:
Anti-abortion protest: Crowds march to Stormont in silence
Protesters walked in silence to show their opposition to what organisers described as "the liberalisation of abortion".
Abortion is only available in Northern Ireland in limited circumstances.
In July, legislation was passed to bring NI more into line with the rest of the UK if devolution doesn't return by 21 October.
Allow me to elaborate: in 2016 there were too many Republicans for one stage so they placed the lowest polling candidates on a second stage which some mockingly called the "kiddy table", but they never deplatformed any candidate. This year I saw a number of news outlets saying the Democratic model of 1) pulling names out of a hat to divide between two stages and 2) filtering out candidates based on polling and donor requirements was superior, ignoring the fact that it has deplatformed half of the candidates based on poor polling criteria and current name recognition. In other words I'm saying a kiddy table is better than no table and also more democratic.
A different possible take on this, however, is Utilitarianism, which is just not just trying to benefit the maximum number of people, but rather trying to create the maximum benefit possible.
Thus, while "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" might justify carving up 10 children to feed 11 adults, a marginally more nuanced take would realise that the benefit gained by those 11 adults is not worth the loss suffered by those 10 children.
That might seem obvious in this example, but for the Judenrat example you gave above, this was what was lost along the way. This wasn't a morally justifiable stance that was being taken, but rather one that was of some (significant) benefit to those remaining at the time, but was of greater cost to those being sacrificed, even if they were fewer in number.
Of course, utilitarianism can still be immoral. Say we take someone with a million dollars, take away all almost his money (say $900,000), invest it to create wealth, and create $1.1 million of total wealth across a large number of people. Utilitarianism says that's okay, as there's a net gain. However clearly that's not okay - that millionaire had some right to property.
Adjust the numbers of course, and we find there's a grey area. Most (I said most, not all) people believe that generally it's an acceptable and moral thing for governments to collect some sort of tax and spend it for the societal good, and most people believe that the richer you are the more you should proportionally contribute. It's all about where we draw that line.
To my mind, government ought to preserve the rights of the few, but it also needs to preserve the wellbeing of the many. So to my mind, it's right that the government provides a baseline level of welfare to stop the poor starving, and universal healthcare free at the point of delivery to stop the poor suffering needlessly. Likewise, it also needs to protect the safety and freedoms of minority populations (which is why it's NOT okay for China to persecute Uighur Muslim children in the name of national solidarity, for example).
The big thing to me, is that government must represent all the people, not just the majority, but it must always be the will of the people, not an elite that tells people what they need. That's a delicate balance, and is all about judgement.
Is the rights of a few to bear arms worth more than the rights of children not to get shot at school? Is the right of an unborn child to live greater than the right of a woman to bodily autonomy? Okay, that last one may be an easy one for THIS region to answer.
For me, the important thing is to recognise that these are ALL nuanced issues and subject to judgement.
Solving overpopulation you say, well there’s always the easy solution: