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  •  Your attitude, though understandable (0+ / 0-)

    is pretty much the same attitude that South African President Thabo Mbeki's administration took toward AIDS; they weren't going to pay attention to any advice coming from white people (spectators who couldn't know) and instead were going to come up with a Black-developed solution (picked from all the various "traditional" remedies offered by charlatans and True Believers; I think the winner was some concoction of garlic and beets). Estimates are that about 200,000-300,000 more South Africans died of AIDS than would have if the government hadn't been so parochial.

    There is nothing so practical as a good theory—Kurt Lewin

    by ebohlman on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 11:12:44 AM PST

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    •  Nice try (2+ / 0-)
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      but I won't be accepting responsibility for the AIDS epidemic in South Africa today. Try me tomorrow, I might be more open to it then.

      It's not a terribly apt comparison as I'm not in a position to make bodily health decisions for others. If you like holding up Mbeki as a reverse role model, a more apt comparison might be to say that the male medical establishment, to the extent there is one, is more like Thabo Mbeki: it's trying to make personal health decisions for half the population that will actually not affect their own bodies and which is based on reducing medical options and, coincidentally, increases profits for another male-dominated segment of the populace. I doubt I would make that comparison though because it's so off the meter of what I would personally consider reasonable.

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