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Presumed Consent

At the Conservative Party Conference in October 2017, PM Theresa May pledged to introduce a system of presumed consent for organ donation in England. A similar opt-out system has existed in Wales since 1st December 2015, and in the summer of 2017 the Scottish government stated that it intended to introduce a “soft opt-out” for organ donation in Scotland.

70s_girl, Going Postal

I object very strongly to this change, the concept of presumed consent subverts the whole nature of organ donation. No longer will it be an altruistic gesture, the state will claim ownership of your body parts when you are near death, unless you specifically register your objection on the official database.

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The Agentic State

70s_girl, Going Postal

A few weeks ago someone on GP (sorry can’t remember who it was) mentioned that Experimenter, a 2015 film about social psychologist Stanley Milgram, was on Film 4, later that night. I recorded it and got round to watching it a few days ago and I thoroughly recommend it. It reveals something rather disturbing about the state we’re in as a country, and as a society.

For those who don’t know, Milgram conducted a famous obedience to authority experiment in the early 60s, at a time when Nazi war crimes were in the public eye, with the trial of Adolph Eichmann taking place in Jerusalem. Eichmann did not deny what he had done in the war, quite the opposite and he used this as his “defence” in that everything he did, was at the specific request of a superior, that he was only obeying orders. In Milgram’s study, volunteers were given simple, matter of fact instructions to administer an escalating series of electric shocks, to an individual in the next room, whenever they gave the wrong answer to a basic memory test question. This was a person whom they’d just met and believed was also a volunteer, and that they had both been randomly given the role of either “Learner” or “Teacher” for the test.

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