Jardinier Posté(e) 2 novembre 2010 Share Posté(e) 2 novembre 2010 "The justifiable grim preoccupation of the caring public concerning the threat of global plagues needs to be moderated and re-oriented towards a critical reappraisal of the link between poverty and disease, and a re-emphasis on addressing the social roots of disease. The lurid attention to AIDS is a graphic example. Progressives have lost their reason over this phenomenon, and we need desperately to reclaim our balance. The world depends on it. [...] "A virus is a convenient and simple "target" to rationalize medical responses, but it also obscures other factors that would focus responses on long-term, substantive social and economic transformation of the conditions that make people vulnerable to the diseases that take advantage of chronic immune deficiency. The role of "medicine" - that is drugs - in resolving the crisis can only be very limited, and there is serious concern and controversy about the negative effects as well as the benefits of pharmaceutical approaches." "Many progressives have concluded that although prevailing medical theory is not accurate or complete, or even very helpful in the long run, it is what we have to go with until something better comes along. We can never do away with poverty so we had better make medicine work. Controversy about the nature and cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, they believe, undermines the good that medical science and humanitarian aid can accomplish. "Scientific issues are matters for scientists to resolve, and not for politicians, or ordinary citizens, to debate. Debate only leads to public confusion and "politicization" of the issues. And it plays into the hands of cynical elements who use HIV/AIDS to spread messages of hate, bigotry, and paranoia. Therefore, controversy needs to be contained, and a consensus created to fight a "war" against the disease. "While perhaps understandable, this approach to knowledge is undemocratic and relies on coercion as much as education; it has always failed in the long run, and cannot succeed in this case." http://aras.ab.ca/articles/popular/2002051...phy-Poverty.pdf Citer Lien vers le commentaire Partager sur d’autres sites More sharing options...
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