- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 26, 2004

Cloning monsters

“It’s worth reflecting on how the text of [Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel] ‘Frankenstein’ specifically warns against cloning and supports its opponents. … Victor Frankenstein, having discovered the secret of animation, prepared to bring his charnel-house creature to life. He later recalled his reflections at that point:

” ‘A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs. Pursuing these reflections, I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.’

“But Victor never attempted to bring anyone back to life. He did not do so even though his monster, angry at his lonely, miserable existence, killed many of his loved ones. …

“He saw that the results of creation are not necessarily what the creator had hoped, and he had no taste for more. …

“Victor Frankenstein lived with unimaginable regret. We may yet hope we will not share that experience.”

Margaret Moen, writing on “Frankenstein Revisited,” Wednesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Darwinian trend

“[M]ore American women than men are graduating with baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees. … At this rate, women will soon overtake men as the top wage earners. Evolution is leaving men behind.

“Unless something drastic happens, like affirmative action for males, women that hope to find a man roughly their intellectual and financial equal will find their pickings slim. Predictably feminists consider this turn of events a boon for civilization. Wendy McElroy, editor of ifeminists.com, plays into the school-girl fantasy of many of her progressive sisters in which women lawyers find fulfilling, long-term relationships in the rough arms of beefy construction workers. …

“McElroy … reports being dismayed at finding educated women who are ‘genuinely horrified at the prospect of dealing with “lesser” and “lower” men as equals in their personal lives.’ …

“McElroy … fails to understand why marriage-minded Vassar girls do not … head out for the tire repair shop in search of love.”

Christopher Orlet, writing on “Is Evolution Leaving Men Behind?” Monday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Star politics

“It seems that every two-bit celebrity not currently occupying the center square on a morning game show is lining up to join in an anti-Bush advertising campaign sponsored by multibillionaire George Soros’s pet political project Moveon.org. According to the Washington Post, ‘a celebrity-saturated effort to defeat the president kicks into high gear … featuring music by Moby, the Roots and Natalie Merchant, and appearances by actor Kevin Bacon, liberal radio hosts Al Franken and Jeaneane Garafalo and onetime candidate Howard Dean.’ Woody Harrelson has lent a hand in writing, directing, and starring in a short feature titled ‘Cheney Is Not on Our Side.’ …

“We don’t care about Bruce Springsteen’s thoughts on ‘economic justice, transparent government, how do we treat our weakest citizens, say, in foreign policy.’ The views of Hollywood, Broadway, Motown, and for that matter, the runways of Paris and New York don’t add an ounce of weight to the serious issues facing our country in this presidential election.”

Shannen W. Coffin, writing on “Oh, Shut Up, Already,” Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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