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UK: Informed consent is bad, says Giles Fraser…

July 20, 2012

…because it might lead to people not getting circumcised.

Yet the circumcision of babies cuts against one of the basic assumptions of the liberal mindset. Informed consent lies at the heart of choice and choice lies at the heart of the liberal society. Without informed consent, circumcision is regarded as a form of violence and a violation of the fundamental rights of the child. Which is why I regard the liberal mindset as a diminished form of the moral imagination. There is more to right and wrong than mere choice.

The Guardian

In other words: people should be free to do what I want, not what they want.


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