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Terminal Empowerment: socio-political implications of radical mutual assistance amongst the terminally ill

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Terminal Empowerment
Challenge
Medico-religious complex
Abdication of responsibility: hand-washing
Contrasts
Suicide as indicator of a "terminal illness"
Probable economically-driven responses
Radical mutual assistance
Wider social causes
References

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Introduction

This paper explores the possibility that the terminally ill may be able to employ new ways of cooperating in order to bypass the constraints on their right to choose an early humane death respectful of their dignity and sense of identity. "Terminally ill" is also seen as usefully understood in relation to the millions for whom the stresses of living are no longer bearable due to circumstances beyond their control.