February 24th 2018


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COVER STORY Weatherill demand places Murray-Darling in jeopardy

EDITORIAL China completes island building in South China Sea

CANBERRA OBSERVED Greens: wouldn't know a cowardly act if they did one

REDEFINITION OF MARRIAGE Government forms say it is fluid gender marriage

FREEDOM AND LAW Gender and anti-discrimination: wedges between you and freedom

HISTORY A look back at B.A. Santamaria gives us a forward impulse

GENDER POLITICS Transgenderism: A state-sponsored religion

LAW AND SOCIETY Protecting freedom of religion in Australia

HISTORY Hungary, 62 years on from the anti-Soviet uprising

MUSIC Reel to real: Johann Johannsson, RIP

CINEMA Sweet Country: Sour taste of bush justice

HUMOUR

BOOK REVIEW Lessons from the UK front of the GFC

BOOK REVIEW The dragon has woken and rumbled

BOOK REVIEW Recovery manual for morals and culture

LETTERS

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THE GREAT HUMAN DIGNITY HEIST:
How Bioethicists Are Trashing the Foundations of Western Civilisation

Michael Cook

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Book description

The Great Human Dignity Heist is a collection of prickly, sceptical comments on euthanasia, abortion, IVF, stem-cell research, torture, and other 21st-century bioethical quandaries. After reading this sparkling anthology you’ll never again genuflect before the humbug of pretentious academics.

These cogent essays are written in a persuasive and easily understandable manner, preparing readers to become active participants in society’s most important public policy debates and, in the process, more engaged in decision making about their own medical care. Highly recommended.

– Wesley J. Smith, author of Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine and Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die.

As an academic British bioethicist, I am not the most obvious cheerleader for this book by a forthright Aussie journalist who considers my profession to be trashing civilisation. However, I think he has a point – and makes it with such humour, candour and journalistic flair that it has lured even me from my ivory tower to say so.

– Trevor Stammers, editor of The New Bioethics

The Great Human Dignity Heist is a full-frontal attack on mainstream bioethics. Michael Cook’s well-written polemics are often infuriating, typically wrong, but also a challenging read worth your time.

– Udo Schuklenk, joint editor-in-chief of Bioethics and Developing World Bioethics

About the author

Michael Cook is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet, an online magazine with a focus on human dignity. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science. He is based in Sydney.


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