Ethicist Calls For ‘Morality Pills’ To Solve COVID Non-Compliance

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Resistance to COVID-19 behavior mandates can be solved by “moral enhancement”, which is “the use of substances to make you more moral. The psychoactive substances act on your ability to reason about what the right thing to do is, or your ability to be empathetic or altruistic or cooperative.”

In the Technocrat mind, the “science is settled” just like it was with global warming. If you don’t agree with their science, you are now labeled as an immoral person unable to discern right from wrong. Well, here is their creative solution: administer “moral enhancement” drugs to help you see the light and obey everything they tell you to do.

This article makes this clear:

“These substances interact directly with the psychological underpinnings of moral behavior; others that make you more rational could also help. Then, perhaps, the people who choose to go maskless or flout social distancing guidelines would better understand that everyone, including them, is better off when they contribute, and rationalize that the best thing to do is cooperate.”

This is reminiscent of Aldous Huxley’s book, Brave New World, where citizens take the mood-altering drug Soma to solve all their anxiety and non-compliance issues.⁃ TN Editor

 

COVID-19 is a collective risk. It threatens everyone, and we all must cooperate to lower the chance that the coronavirus harms any one individual. Among other things, that means keeping safe social distances and wearing masks. But many people choose not to do these things, making spread of infection more likely.

When someone chooses not to follow public health guidelines around the coronavirus, they’re defecting from the public good. It’s the moral equivalent of the tragedy of the commons: If everyone shares the same pasture for their individual flocks, some people are going to graze their animals longer, or let them eat more than their fair share, ruining the commons in the process. Selfish and self-defeating behavior undermines the pursuit of something from which everyone can benefit.

Democratically enacted enforceable rules – mandating things like mask wearing and social distancing – might work, if defectors could be coerced into adhering to them. But not all states have opted to pass them or to enforce the rules that are in place.

My research in bioethics focuses on questions like how to induce those who are noncooperative to get on board with doing what’s best for the public good. To me, it seems the problem of coronavirus defectors could be solved by moral enhancement: like receiving a vaccine to beef up your immune system, people could take a substance to boost their cooperative, pro-social behavior. Could a psychoactive pill be the solution to the pandemic?

It’s a far-out proposal that’s bound to be controversial, but one I believe is worth at least considering, given the importance of social cooperation in the struggle to get COVID-19 under control.

Public goods games show scale of the problem

Evidence from experimental economics shows that defections are common to situations in which people face collective risks. Economists use public goods games to measure how people behave in various scenarios to lower collective risks such as from climate change or a pandemic and to prevent the loss of public and private goods.

The evidence from these experiments is no cause for optimism. Usually everyone loses because people won’t cooperate. This research suggests it’s not surprising people aren’t wearing masks or social distancing – lots of people defect from groups when facing a collective risk. By the same token, I’d expect that, as a group, we will fail at addressing the collective risk of COVID-19, because groups usually fail. For more than 150,000 Americans so far, this has meant losing everything there is to lose.

But don’t abandon all hope. In some of these experiments, the groups win and successfully prevent the losses associated with the collective risk. What makes winning more likely? Things like keeping a running tally of what others are contributing, observing others’ behaviorscommunication and coordination before and during play, and democratic implementation of an enforceable rule requiring contributions.

For those of us in the United States, these conditions are out of reach when it comes to COVID-19. You can’t know what others are contributing to the fight against the coronavirus, especially if you socially distance yourself. It’s impossible to keep a running tally of what the other 328 million people in the U.S. are doing. And communication and coordination are not feasible outside of your own small group.

Even if these factors were achievable, they still require the very cooperative behavior that’s in short supply. The scale of the pandemic is simply too great for any of this to be possible.

Promoting cooperation with moral enhancement

It seems that the U.S. is not currently equipped to cooperatively lower the risk confronting us. Many are instead pinning their hopes on the rapid development and distribution of an enhancement to the immune system – a vaccine.

But I believe society may be better off, both in the short term as well as the long, by boosting not the body’s ability to fight off disease but the brain’s ability to cooperate with others. What if researchers developed and delivered a moral enhancer rather than an immunity enhancer?

Moral enhancement is the use of substances to make you more moral. The psychoactive substances act on your ability to reason about what the right thing to do is, or your ability to be empathetic or altruistic or cooperative.

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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Philip Johnson

Sounds an awful like the fake video that went around where a supposed Bill Gates was telling Darpa, DOD, CIA (depending on which version) about a vaccine that would suppress the religious segment of the brain so that the combatants could more easily be persuaded to turn, or whatever. May have been fake, but the message behind it isn’t. Wouldn’t be surprised if some of the unknown content of the upcoming vaccines did something like what this “ethicist” is suggesting.

Petrichor

Yes, this “ethicist” is unethical–what he proposes is chemically inhibiting individuals’ free-will.

Lawrence

What if they take the pill and with their enhanced rationality decide that mask-wearing, etc., is silly?

Dan Clark

What if the moral thing to do as a human being confronted with global warming and overpopulation is commit suicide?

Scott David Lucas

Dan Clark, that is the AGENDA of THE UNITED NATIONS. WORLD DEPOPULATION of the masses to 500 MILLION people. The works of Satan the Devil. JESUS created and saves….but Satan destroys and murders.

Petrichor

Goes against the human self-preservation instinct.
Natural law tells the individual that suicide is immoral in all circumstances.

Petrichor

In that case, The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again!

DawnieR

Mmmm……No! They’re LOBOTOMY pills (aka SSRI’s)!! NO THANKS!

David

Take a pill to bypass my freewill? No thanks.

Petrichor

Eventually they’ll just put it in our drinking water.

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