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Useless Mouths

  • August 29, 2015
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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...

Lord Freud and Foodbanks: a Parable for Our Times

Lord Freud and Foodbanks: a Parable for Our Times

  • December 13, 2013
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Even by the dire standards set by the government, the Under-Secretary for Work and Pensions Lord David Freud, or Baron Freud of Eastry is a nasty piece of work.   Freud is Sigmund Freud’s great grandson, and the Great Man’s humanist genes have clearly not   filtered down to this callous apparatchik and Ian Duncan-Smith’s...

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