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  • Brian Slesinsky
    Interesting if true. - Brian Does Disease Cause Autocracy? New studies say that lowering the rate of infection helps lead to political liberalization. Greater
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 2, 2011
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      Interesting if true.

      - Brian

      Does Disease Cause Autocracy?
      New studies say that lowering the rate of infection helps lead to
      political liberalization.

      "Greater wealth strongly correlates with property rights, the rule of
      law, more education, the liberation of women, a free press, and more
      social tolerance. The enduring puzzle for political scientists is how
      do the social processes that produce freedom and wealth get started in
      the first place?

      [...]

      "A group of researchers led by Harvard University economist Jeffrey
      Sachs recently noted that a billion people live on less than a dollar
      per day [PDF] and “are roughly as poor today as their ancestors were
      thousands of years ago.” Why? The researchers suggest that high
      disease burdens create persistent poverty traps from which poor people
      cannot extricate themselves. High disease incidence lowers their
      economic productivity so that they can’t afford to create the
      resources needed to improve sanitation and medical care, which in turn
      leaves them vulnerable to more disease. And so it goes.

      "University of New Mexico anthropologists Randy Thornhill and Corey
      Fincher pushed the disease thesis further with their “parasite
      hypothesis of democratization,” arguing that disease not only keeps
      people poor, but it also makes them illiberal. The two researchers
      test this hypothesis “using publicly available data measuring
      democratization, collectivism–individualism, gender egalitarianism,
      property rights, sexual restrictiveness, and parasite prevalence
      across many countries of the world.” The idea is that the lower the
      disease burden, the more likely a society is to be liberal."

      http://reason.com/archives/2011/05/31/does-disease-cause-autocracy
    • anil mahajan
      There is nothing new in this. Look at how it goes: Poor people, especially developing countries of the world, are forced to live in unclean and unhygienic
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 3, 2011
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        There is nothing new in this. Look at how it goes:
         
        Poor people, especially developing countries of the world, are forced to live in unclean and unhygienic conditions. There are millions who cannot take bath or even wash hands and legs, every day simply because they have no access to water. Then another millions who have access to some water, this water found to be polluted and not worthy of human consumprion. Now if you are cooking food with that kind of water first and then eating food without washing hands, one is bound to fall sick.
        Lack of sanitation is another serious problem for billions of poor people in countries like, India, Bangaladesh, Pakistan and Afrika. Surroundings of habitations are therefore, stink and are filthy. This is what is leading to people falling sick and sick quite often.
        Now, lack of energy-food, filthy surroundings and polluted water for consumption takes tall on health further.
        As these people earn around 3 dollors/ day, they try and avoid seeing a doctor and or taking medicines as doctors fees and cost of medicines are both beyond their financial reach. People live with disease/illness until its beyond there tolerance and or when they are about to die. This is the time they approach a doctor.. its too late for a doctor to help the patient and so he gets killed to a disease which is normally easily curable.
        In poor families when they approach for treatment, they end up by spending wages equivalent to one and or more months earnings and so are forced to approach money lenders for loans to meet basic expenses.. they go on paying-back (interest alone) for generations and as such they remain poor.. sad but true story!
        Anil Mahajan

        On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM, Brian Slesinsky <bslesinsky@...> wrote:
        Interesting if true.

        - Brian

        Does Disease Cause Autocracy?
        New studies say that lowering the rate of infection helps lead to
        political liberalization.

        "Greater wealth strongly correlates with property rights, the rule of
        law, more education, the liberation of women, a free press, and more
        social tolerance. The enduring puzzle for political scientists is how
        do the social processes that produce freedom and wealth get started in
        the first place?

        [...]

        "A group of researchers led by Harvard University economist Jeffrey
        Sachs recently noted that a billion people live on less than a dollar
        per day [PDF] and “are roughly as poor today as their ancestors were
        thousands of years ago.” Why? The researchers suggest that high
        disease burdens create persistent poverty traps from which poor people
        cannot extricate themselves. High disease incidence lowers their
        economic productivity so that they can’t afford to create the
        resources needed to improve sanitation and medical care, which in turn
        leaves them vulnerable to more disease. And so it goes.

        "University of New Mexico anthropologists Randy Thornhill and Corey
        Fincher pushed the disease thesis further with their “parasite
        hypothesis of democratization,” arguing that disease not only keeps
        people poor, but it also makes them illiberal. The two researchers
        test this hypothesis “using publicly available data measuring
        democratization, collectivism–individualism, gender egalitarianism,
        property rights, sexual restrictiveness, and parasite prevalence
        across many countries of the world.” The idea is that the lower the
        disease burden, the more likely a society is to be liberal."

        http://reason.com/archives/2011/05/31/does-disease-cause-autocracy


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