Arnold Kling has sad news about his father and also a very important point:
…[in the hospital] what you deal with are people who are doing their job. For example,
the cardiologist’s job is to make sure his heart does not give out,
even if it means he lies on his back for so long that the prospects for
restoring diginity recede. Everyone wants to shunt him around, giving
him more Hansonian medicine, which detracts from his ability to remain
For the larger goal of trying to do the best with his remaining life, nobody is in charge and nobody is empowered.