The Execution of Teresa Lewis

Virginia has recently executed its first person in 98 years, raising interesting questions regarding sexism, ableism, and the death penalty as a practice:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/24/teresa-lewis-lethal-injection-virginia

http://jezebel.com/5644992/is-teresa-lewiss-execution-a-gender-issue

Human Kinds–Species Typical, Sub-typical, Beyond Typical–Part 2

Gregor Wolbring in full swing on ableism and its relationship to sexism, racism, caste bias, anti-environmentalism, consumerism. It all goes by very fast, so be prepared! Part 3 will have some panel interchange on this.

Here Gregor argues that ableism lies at the root of these other “isms”, and so is in that sense the most fundamental form of discrimination.  In the audience discussion following the talk–which, unfortunately, we did not have permission to film–there was quite a bit of discussion of, and resistance to, this idea.  Gregor also writes a regular column, The Choice is Yours, and you can find more information about him there.  On this issue, as Gregor says about most things, the choice is yours.  Is ableism the most fundamental form of discrimination out there?