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The politics of pandemics

From smallpox and cholera to today’s threat of avian flu, how a society prepares for and responds to disease has as much to do with politics as with science

By Drake Bennett
November 13, 2005

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MIKE DAVIS IS a dreamer of large nightmares. An environmental historian at the University of California, Irvine, Davis is best known for his books ''City of Quartz'' (1990) and ''Ecology of Fear'' (1998), fiercely dark meditations on Los Angeles that portray the city as a metastasizing socio-ecological catastrophe, riven by homicidal resentments and sunnily ignorant of a whole series of ... (Full article: 1841 words)

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