If you've been paying attention to the news (and if you're reading this e-mail, you have been), you're familiar with many of the hotly debated issues of the day: from marriage to abortion to physician-prescribed death. What ties all of these issues together?
So argues Scott Yenor at The Daily Signal:
"At first glance, autonomy seems to reflect the traditional American notion that all human beings are created free and equal. For example, everyone believes that marriage begins in the consent of two people and that a married couple should be able to make the most important decisions about their common life without state interference.
"But autonomy, as today’s liberals understand it, is about a radical form of personal independence: Everything about a truly autonomous individual’s identity must come from their free choice."
How do we see this value of extreme autonomy play out? On marriage, it means that anybody can marry absolutely anybody else, so long as that person consents. For abortion, it means that women can choose to end the life of their child at any given point, since it boils down to her complete independence. If we're looking at an issue we've spent a lot of time talking abourt recently, physician-prescribed death, it means that any person can at any time demand assistance in ending their own life.
When you read a story about somebody on the cultural left, you may find that it is far less surprising when viewed through the lens of extreme autonomy.