Why public health professionals fail the nation

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If you want the explanation in a nutshell of our haphazard response to the appearance of a single Ebola case in Dallas only need to view the first view this video of a debate between Bill Maher and Ben Affleck on HBO’s “Real Time.” It is a sad state of affairs when you have to rely on Bill Maher for the intellectual content of a program but when you invited a slack-jawed know-nothing actor on that is what happens.

Via Politico:

Maher, the show’s host, pointed to such principles as freedom of religion and speech as well as equality for women, minorities and homosexuals.

“These are liberal principles that liberals applaud for but then when you say in the Muslim world, this is what’s lacking, then they get upset,” Maher said.

Harris added that, “I would argue the liberals have failed us. The crucial point of confusion is that we have been sold this meme of Islamophobia where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people. That is intellectually ridiculous.”

Affleck interjected, “So you’re saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing.”

“I’m not denying that some people are bigoted against Muslims as a people and that’s a problem,” Harris replied.

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“That’s big of you,” Affleck shot back.

Maher asked Affleck, “But why are you so hostile about this?”

“It’s gross, it’s racist,” the actor said. “It’s like saying you’re a shifty Jew.”

Maher said Affleck wasn’t listening to the argument he and Harris were making.

So, you are rightfully asking, what does radical Islam, the liberal love affair with anything remotely anti-American or anti-Western, and Ebola have in common?

Let’s start from the beginning. The public health establishment is Democrat and progressive to its core. In schools of public health, which churn out the nannies and bureaucrats that populate public health organizations, the idea of “public health” is inseparable from “social justice” and political liberalism (see, for instance, http://goo.gl/cJGx9A). This is not to say they are dumb, they aren’t. But they are overly earnest and given to doing stuff that makes Captain Obvious seem oblique and inscrutable. One of my favorite articles of all time is this, from the American Journal of Public Health, which proves that Americans have better health than Pakistanis:

CONCLUSIONS: There are major inequalities in health within Pakistan and between Pakistan and the United States. Standardized national health examination survey methodology can be used to monitor health status …read more    

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