Useless Mouths

As Katie Hopkins says though, ‘I just don’t care’. I’m even finding this with ‘friends’ now, who think I shouldn’t have a nice home, more money than anyone claiming JSA, and the incredulous comment this week ‘What do they (disabled people DO all day?!’ Being chronically ill is no excuse apparently for me not to work for a few hours; this is from ‘friends’!!

Empathy and compassion have gone out the window.

Great artcle. Reblogged

Road To Somewhere Else

Years before moving towards explicit racial genocide, the Nazis developed the notion of ‘useless mouths’ or ‘life unworthy of life’ to justify its ‘involuntary euthanasia’ program. Theorists argued that certain categories of people were nothing but a burden on society and therefore had no ‘right’ to life.   These ideas were a variant of nineteenth century ‘Social Darwinism’ and eugenicist theories, which adapted Darwin’s notion of the survival of the fittest to describe relationships within society or between nations and races as a perpetual evolutionary struggle in which the supposedly weaker or defective elements were weeded out by the strongest and the ‘fittest’ by natural selection.

Of course there was nothing ‘natural’ about these ideas, or the malignant ways that the Nazis made use of them.   In Nazi ideology, the state killing of the disabled, the sick and the mentally-ill was the beginning of a conveyor belt that led…

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