The Atavism

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Academic Brinksmanship

Now I understand it. Professor Jim Flynn's modest proposal did always seem more like publicity gathering than a real suggestion. I think now I see that it was actually academic brinksmanship; introducing an idea so unpalatable that anything else will seem downright reasonable. An Alliance member coming out and saying helping young woman choose whether to have children or not might be nice would gather about zero column inches, raisng the spectre of a modern eugenics programme gets you on TV to put the sensible approach forward as an alternative to the extreme suggestion that got you there in the first place. That's all I wanted to say.
Posted by David Winter 4:28 PM


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