Re: Free Will and AIDS Spreaders, Hear! Hear!

Tibor Benke (benke@SFU.CA)
Sat, 4 Jun 1994 10:50:46 -0700

douglass st. christian writes:

>the title says it all....
>i find it amazing and deeply deeply troubling that a group of
>anthropologists can engage in a discussion using an analagy of such
>brutal and insensitive innacuracy that it betrays a fundamental ignorance
>of the real world.
>AIDS, as both a north american and a global epidemic [ and the two are
>not the same thing] has never been about choosing to run the risk of
>spreading or being exposed to the virus believed cause AIDS. The AIDS
>epidemic in its various forms around the world has never been about
>people choosing, by free will or whatever banality it is you people claim
>to be discussing, to takes risk or expose others to danger.
>Educate yourselves on the epidemiological facts before, in a public
>forum, you trumpet insensitive and ignorant innacuracies and
>This whole thread, with AIDS as its analogical centre, has been offensive
>and reflective of a fundamental and profound problem in addressing AIDS
>as a social problem in both N.A. and around the world. People who should
>know better simply don't.
>Discuss free will. Hell, discuss how many anthropologists it takes to
>write the ethnography of angels living on the head of pin. But do it with
>intelligence and with at least a basic grasp of the world you claim to be
>students of.

I couldn't agree more!

>@> Tibor Benke / (^)%(#)
>@> Graduate Student (MA program)
>@> Department of Sociology and Anthropology
>@> Simon Fraser University,