It used to be that when I read stories like this one, about the ability to grow human organs in the bodies of pigs using a subject’s own stem cells, I had a sense of excitement about the future and all that it would surely bring.
Now, the first thing I think to myself is something like, “Yeah, that’s great, but…
…won’t Obamacare destroy medicine so that, at most, only politicians and the super-ultra-rich will be able to benefit from this technology?
…if someone from the religious right is elected in 2012, won’t such technology be banned on the ground that it interferes with God’s will?
…if for some reason the United States abandons entirely the idea of a limited government that protects individual rights and elects Mitt Romney, won’t both of the above apply simultaneously?
…I almost forgot. What if the Jihadists win and Sharia law is imposed? Then what do you think the chances are that we would be allowed to transplant organs grown inside a pig into a human being anyway?
Am I overly pessimistic?