How drones and abortion both explain our ‘out-of-sight, out-mind’ psychology
My latest column for The Week deals with drones — more specifically, with my theory that it’s more palatable to simply kill someone than it is to capture them and extract information from them.
And then (as others have), I draw a comparison to the liberal position on abortion:
This dynamic helps explain why some other liberal policies become popular. Ignorance is bliss. It’s why many people believe that adults have more rights than the unborn (after all, we can see them, hear them complain. Likewise, an unborn baby cannot talk. The unborn can’t hire a lobby.)
Obviously, it is dangerous to compare the innocent unborn to likely terrorists. I’m not drawing a moral equivalent. But the irony is that many liberals want to dispose of them both with extreme prejudice.