Living in a neoliberal era, where the interests of business dominate government and public policy and in a climate that more and more measures one’s worth by economic efficacy, demands that we scrutinize the “right” to die beyond a liberal expansion of individual rights. We must look at the timing of these proposals.
“Although this was known to many people, I have not been taken before any court of law or called to account for this in any professional or public forum. In fact, just the opposite occurred: I was ‘rewarded’ for this. It brought me an improved reputation in my job, and contributed to my advancement afterwards. Not only did I demonstrate I could do what was expected of me, I exemplified the “good” company doctor: I saved a half million dollars!”
Marta Russell is a freelance writer and author of Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract .Write her in care of the daily News Opinions, P.O. Box 4200, woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200
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