Cloning Advances, Country Declines

As reported in the WSJ, cloning of human beings is being carried out in the name of the good it can do. And this just in (circa 1944) from Friedrich Hayek's notes on The Road to Serfdom: 

"We shall never prevent the abuse of power if we are not prepared to limit power in a way which occasionally may prevent its use for desirable purposes."

Here is a case in point, similar to embryonic stem cell research, similar to supporting Mussolini because he "made the trains run on time," supporting Hitler because of he gave Germans pride in their country. In the current mainstream media and political arena, you are ANTI-Science if you think there are bright lines that may not be crossed–ever–by science and technology. Our opponents will protest, saying that there are ethical limits to be managed by the experts, but they are always such that the lines are moved whenever there are sufficient numbers of researchers willing to look the other way. In other words, ethics is a matter of only asking "what is permitted?" and thus eternally flexible because we as a society can talk ourselves into giving ourselves permission for just about anything, given enough time. If we didn't learn that from the 20th Century, then learning it all over again may be inevitable. And bloody. Again. Serfs up, dude?

Originally posted at Mere Comments by James M. Kushiner

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