This culture promotes a so-called "right to die," which can be expanded to include not just the terminally ill, but also the very seriously ill, and the mentally ill, the inconvenient people, the burdensomely
ill, the old and decrepit, the unwanted.
But the coincidence of two lists, that of lifestyles deemed burdensomely
expensive and that of lifestyles deemed sinful, or of people deemed unworthy, suggests a different agenda from the often stated one.
The orchestral accompaniment can range from burdensomely
obscure to moodily transparent, depending, I suppose, on the mood of the engineers.
Many of those who still have Medigap plans--which cost an average of $1,000 a year, according to The Wall Street Journal--find them burdensomely
But many industry executives say the new cellular abilities would be burdensomely
expensive to administer, and privacy groups argue that the measures would give law enforcement too much power.
But outside the cities in this country of 60 million, there are eight million illiterate females, a dramatically lower average age of marriage, and burdensomely
high fertility rates.
A long-overdue though not inspired translation, usefully if burdensomely
annotated, of the still thrilling, still weird 1920 anthology.