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  •  As odious as the comments about people with (14+ / 0-)

    AIDS are, they represented absolutely mainstream thinking in 1988.  The Ryan White Care Act -- whose namesake was a child whose "lifestyle" was not at "fault" for his HIV+ status -- wasn't passed until 1990.

    I find the comments about leaving the sexually predatory employer far more telling.  First of all, they are clearly the comments of someone with male privilege.  Someone in deep denial about how pervasive such behavior was in the workplace -- it's been an eye-opener to me, a child in the 80s, to read accounts of women employed in the 60s-90s, who were harassed and demeaned and assaulted by multiple bosses over their careers.

    Also class privilege -- his is the blithe statement of someone who can't imagine not being able to find another job at a moment's notice.

    It's also the standard libertarian ideology of every man for himself (and it usually is every man).  The only true "right" the libertarian cares about is the right not to pay taxes.  This passage is attempting to redefine rights in purely white, male, straight, monied terms.

    •  As for AIDS, he could have altered his... (0+ / 0-)

      ...remarks in the 2007 reissue of the book (or eliminated them altogether). He didn't. And that is telling, too.

      The surest way to predict the future is to invent it. — Stephen Post. [Me at Twitter.]

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 03:19:06 PM PST

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