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Neoliberalism and Blood

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On January 10, 2017
A significant internal problem for the left is that the term “neoliberalism” is used as an epithet that now means “anything Democrats do that I don’t like.” This is a terrible thing, because neoliberalism is an actual thing with an actual meaning with actual consequences that has an enormous impact on our society and upon […]
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Pharmaceutical Price Gouging

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On September 30, 2015
Last week, we all got a refresher on the problems with capitalist markets in pharmaceuticals. Martin Skhreli raised the cost of an HIV drug by 5000 percent, causing an outrage that forced him to backtrack (although as soon as he said that, all the media attention went away and so he’s probably still going to […]

Today in Human Scum

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On September 22, 2015

The worst person in the entire world may well be the pharmaceutical capitalist Martin Shkreli. Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-

The Civil War Collection

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On January 22, 2015
Here’s some interesting newly available books on and about the Civil War from the 19th and early 20th centuries. They include Pain and Anaesthetics: An Essay, from 1862, by Valentine Mott. Of course, the piles off mangled bodies beyond taxed the limited medical facilities of the day and led to perhaps 100,000 or so deaths […]

On Free Tampons

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On August 13, 2014

Earlier this week, Jessica Valenti suggested in a column that tampons should be free. I had never really thought about this before, being a guy and all, but it is self-evidently obvious that she’

Yglesias has been reading Middlekauf and tries to learn lessons on modern health care from the disastrous medicine of the time: I think discussions of health care economics pay far too little attention to the question of pre-modern health care. People have been earning a living as medical professionals for a long time. And yet […]
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