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COVID-19 is not a creation of globalization, but it’s rapid spread around the globe is. And it is just one of many, many diseases that globalization has whipped around the world, many of which don’t affect humans. For instance, there’s a epidemic killing rabbits going on right now that has just been introduced to the […]

Do Not Be a Fool

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On May 13, 2020

The Spanish were able to conquer the Mexica (Aztecs) due to the smallpox wiping out Tenochtitlan between 1519-21. But in the writings that survived the Spanish conquest, there were guides to the emper

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1919 vs 2020

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On May 7, 2020
I want to take a minute, step back a bit, and talk about comparative responses to the last two major flu (or flu-like) epidemics in the United States. This came up in comments to Paul’s post today and it has helped me to flesh out some thoughts I’ve had about this from the beginning of […]

A Medical Katrina

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On March 13, 2020

If there’s one voice we need to hear from on COVID-19, it is that of Mike Davis, the great writer about disasters and inequality. His take is bracing. A year from now we may look back in admirat

#FloridaMonkeys

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On November 13, 2018

I guess there’s no reason for Florida’s escaped monkeys to be any less disease ridden than Florida’s people: In the heart of central Florida lies Silver Spring State Park—a large p

Carter

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On March 28, 2018

It’s time to remember two true things about Jimmy Carter. First, he was a bad president who undermined his own administration through his obsession with inflation, his governance well to the rig

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Zika and Inequality

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On February 21, 2016
Disasters, however “natural,” are a wonderful (well, horrible really) entry point into exposing to the public to deep fissures on inequality in a society. That’s true whether they are earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, or disease epidemics. This includes Zika, even as our knowledge of what is really going on remains very much a work in […]

Ebola

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On November 9, 2015

With all the intensive fear-mongering coverage of Ebola in the weeks before the 2014 midterm elections, you’d think that the World Health Organization declaring Sierra Leone Ebola-free would be

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