We hear a lot about financial bubbles in stocks, real estate, and heavy metals. But moral belief bubbles are most in need of attention. The biggest moral bubble of all started in the Enlightenment and since then the human rights moral bubble has extended to a dangerous and destructive extent. Example: Courtesy of the European Court of Human Rights criminals serving life sentences will get in vitro fertilization treatments from behind bars so they can have kids.
London - Four murderers and a drug dealer are in line for taxpayer-funded fertility treatment so that they can father a child from behind bars.
These guys carry genes that should not get replicated. We should not let women attracted to killers to make babies with them. We can not count on these women to act in the interest of the rest of the human race. As Heartiste likes to point out, some chicks dig serial killers. You can go on a murderous rampage and, as a result, get love letters in jail. A warden's wife even helped a murderer escape and then lived with him. The sickest one so far: One Argentinian woman is in love with the guy who killed her twin sister. We can not take civilization for granted. Many humans have instincts which lead them to act in ways destructive to the continuation of civilization. A pure rights-based system leads to policy madness.
As far as the Enlightenment's political project is concerned you can consider me post-Enlightenment. We should test proposed rights against consequences rather than treat all imaginable rights as moral absolutes.
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