John Derbyshire writes a long, playful, and often meandering book review of Party of Death, by Ramesh Ponnuru.
The book apparently claims that the Democratic party is the party of death. According to amazon.com, the inside flap assures us that “It’s not just abortion-on-demand. It’s euthanasia, embryo destruction, even infanticide—and a potentially deadly concern with ‘the quality of life’ of disabled people.”
According to Derbyshire in his review, “disabled people” includes the like of Terry Schiavo. She was disabled to the point of not being conscious, but that doesn’t buy her a category any different from the guys in Murderball, or your Aunt Edna who uses a walker.
It’s a pretty good review, of the book and the book’s position, which Derbyshire considers dangerous and a little nutty. Actually, on a scale from 1-10, he gives the nuttiness of the position a 2.
This qualitative preciseness is part of what I like about Derbyshire. For example, he doesn’t say that one section is longer than the other two. He says, “their lengths in approximate ratio 3:2:2.” (He seems to have earned his mathematical chops. At the least, he’s written a couple of books on mathematics or mathematicians.)
I haven’t heard any buzz about the book, so I guess I’m not very worried about its affect on the masses. To me, the absolutist right-to-lifers (any kind of life) are still on the fringes and not to be fussed about. Hopefully, things won’t change any time soon.
[Link to review found on aldaily.com.]
[Update: Ponnuru responds]