• Free Unfettered Organ Markets – Sell Your Kidney for an MBA, JD or MD

    August 4, 2011 8:31 am 17 comments
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  • It has been said that “human depravity is such that men will attempt to justify their own cruelty by accusing their victims of being lower than human.” This seems to be the case with some of the harshest critics of a revelatory proposal made by Sue Rabbit Roff, senior research fellow, University of Dundee, for her essay entitled “We should consider paying kidney donors”.

    11.5 percent of adults ages 20 or older (23 million adults) in the United States have physiological evidence of chronic kidney disease determined from data collected through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. [LINK]

    Ms. Roff shows great wisdom and courage as a trailblazing activist for a free and unfettered marketplace where the individual’s needs are met without restrictive government control or oversight. In fact she appears somewhat humanitarian compared to the bombast of her critics who wallow in the austere poverty and debt burden created by selfish entitlement education thinking.

    Ms Roff reaffirms that the privilege of higher education is already issued in exchange for consideration. Many students accept mounting and suffocating debt for advanced degrees. Additionally, 3 people die each day in the UK waiting for kidney transplants. While this is simply a market solution to meet all individual’s problems, the internet has grasped this as blasphemy and at minimum heterodoxy rather than two problems that equal a solution.

    Some declare that higher education is a right. I must disagree. If higher education was a right, no one would need to take the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or any of the alphabetic soup of tests required for entry. If higher education was a right, all applications would be accepted and fees waived. Applications are not freely accepted. They are culled and discussed and evaluated. Some college administrators will arrange interviews or require essays. Secondary education is a privilege earned with academic performance, community service and the means, drive and stamina required to complete it. To allow education to become a right is to dilute its value. How could education be a ladder out of poverty if it is afforded to all? It is akin to saying “everyone’s a winner” when clearly we must have losers in order to have winners.

    Some have complained that ‘selling’ of a body part requires a view of the body as a lump of cells that ignores the sacredness of life. These points rely heavily on arguments against abortion and assume a monetary exchange. This ridiculous argument is driven by the fear of a slippery slope of a kidney being comparable to an unborn. A kidney does not have a soul or heartbeat and is no more surgically hazardous than a planned cesarean section. This is not an apples and oranges comparison. To compare an organ to a child is far more blasphemous than gifting an organ in lieu of tuition.

    I wonder how many of these naysayers have hair weaves? Hair is an organ which is commonly sold on the open market.

    The Holy Scriptures do not specifically address organ donation, but it is generally accepted within the Christian faith that such an act should be done free of monetary gain and with complete free will of the individual. While Ms. Roff’s essay uses the term ‘payment’ I think she is using the United Kingdom derivation and etymology which simply means ‘in exchange’. This is a free will gift of extra organ capacity for the institutions free will tuition forgiveness and should never be interpreted as a monetary gain.

    Students receiving scholarships covering tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment are not subject to federal income tax under current tax law. This supports the definition of monetary gain. If the income used for tuition costs was monetary, the federal government would tax it. The forgiveness of debt in exchange for unused organ capacity could be limited to these categories for the sake of consistency with the tax codes.

    I believe excluding room and board from organ exchange forgiveness is wise in that students with a full free ride are often unappreciative or develop dangerous entitlement attitudes when expectations for their personal contribution are set too low. Any income they earn from selling sperm or eggs to infertile couples to cover room, board and ramen noodles will need to be taxed at the current earnings rates.

    Of course not all students are viable or even willing candidates. The idea of supportive relatives and friends must also be considered. What proud parent wouldn’t want their son or daughter in Medical School? What is a lung really worth compared to the bragging rights of a nephew in Harvard, MIT or Wharton?

    Not all schools will accept this program, and that is certainly within their purview. California Institute of Technology, commonly known as CalTech, offers a free ride to all accepted students. If accepted, a way will be found to fund the cost of education. Graduates are petitioned to pay the tuition of incoming students, so an organ transfer would not work for this highly suspicious Socialist school that JP Morgan poured so much his liberal angst into.

    Some educators and students can be expected to balk and feign some level of indignation for the idea of exchanging organs for tuition, but I believe the austerity of the current economic situation and the continued advancement of the Ayn Rand principles for decision making will prevail. To each his or her own, but the opportunity for those with the drive and will to give to humanity and be rewarded with a lifetime of education should not be summarily dismissed.


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