Sunday, July 09, 2006

The face of the future is identical

Confirming their role as the fashion leaders of Europe, the Poles are experimenting with Presidential clones. Their low-tech approach gives the rest of us a preview of what a genetically pre-screened administrative class will look like, and I kinda like it.

But the issue of genetic preselection and cloning raises the complicated issue of people who are fighting the estate tax with outsized dreams of huge intergenerational empires. Taking care of your descendents might have made evolutionary sense a hundred or a thousand years ago, but future technologies will probably study it as an example of DNA gone amok. Today's moguls probably share more genes with the current rulers of Poland than they will with their own progeny. So what exactly are they fighting for? The abstract principle that unfairness will be allowed to endure for its own sake?

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