From "Migration and refugee law" co-authored by Mirko Bagaric:
"The main general argument against utilitarianism is that because it prioritises net happiness over individual pursuits, it fails to safeguard fundamental individual interests. As a result of this, it has been argued that in some circumstances utilitarianism leads to horrendous outcomes, such as punishing the innocent or forcing organ donations where the donations would maximise happiness by saving the lives of many or assisting those most in need."Sol - comment from previous thread Greens Reality
Then under a heading called: "Horror scenarios not so bad" they conclude:
"Once we come to grips with the fact that our decisions in extreme situations will be compartmentalised to desperate predicaments and will not have a snowball effect and serve to henceforth diminish the high regard we normally have for important individual concerns and interests, we find that when placed between a rock and a hard place we do and should [italics!], though perhaps somewhat grudgingly, take the utilitarian option. In the face of extreme situations we are quite ready to accept that one should, or even must, sacrifice oneself or others for the good of the whole."
Since most authoritarian countries live under a perpetual state of emergency the qualification about "extreme situations" doesn't give me much comfort.
I also can't see how Mindy Sublime could endorse the whole-sale dumping of individualism in favour of collectivism. The Greens book doesn't mention any of this (nor do I see why this book needed to) but I feel I'm on pretty firm ground stating that it has the same philosophical underpinning given its co-author and since its analysis of the convention is precisely the same.
Organ donation is a trigger for me after learning of claims by Falun Gong practitioners that the CCP was organ harvesting. For a time the whole idea of donation was repulsive to me, for the same reason that cannibalism is.
More recently a number of clients of AI have come to us wanting assistance in registering as organ donors, under the belief that they will die in detention and so want to contribute something to Australia. It's fascinating and disturbing.