July 21, 2009
Government ‘counselors’ on end of life treatment
By Don Parker
Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm Emanuel’s brother) has written a book called: “The Ends of Human Life”.
Ezekiel Emanuel, The Ends of Human Life: Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
This book argues that two key unresolved issues in medical ethics today, terminating care and the equitable allocation of medical resources, require that we rethink the premises of liberal political theory. The author develops in detail a liberal communitarian model of community health programs, which recognizes fundamentally different conceptions of the good life among different communities deliberating about values, and yet secures individual rights and equity within a larger liberal polity. While the topic is specialized, it is perhaps the single best extended communitarian argument that grapples with the specifics of alternative (though nonutopian) institutional design, and incorporates insights from existing civic innovations in the health arena.
Ezekiel Emanuel is a Liberal Communitarian.
Communitarians see themselves as building a major social movement paralleling that of the Progressive movement in the early twentieth century. Their ideas have been very influential in academia, and have filtered into the Clinton White House.
While a few communitarians have developed refined institutional analyses to match their critiques—one thinks of liberal-communitarian Ezekiel Emanuel’s very interesting proposals on health care—communitarian thinking has not yet contributed to moving the debate on specific community and civic institutions substantially forward. This tends to give their arguments a moralizing quality, according to various critics.
From Ezekiel Emanuel’s book, “The Ends of Human Life” :
Look at the index of chapters. This ought to make you feel “warm and fuzzy”
The Liberal Communitarian Vision:
Background Tenets for Political Philosophy
The Ideal of Liberal Communitarianism
The Conception of Deliberation
The Conception of a Person
Political Rights and Goods
A Federated System
Liberal and Communitarian Facets
Note here:*** Politics have to garner/be part of a Healthcare System? WHAT exactly does that mean? Liberals are put at the front of the line and all others (Republican,Libertarian,Independents, Non-party, etc.) are on the “Waiting list”?