Charity is the humanitarian mask hiding the face of economic exploitation.
In a superego blackmail of gigantic proportions, the developed countries ‘help’ the undeveloped with aid, credit and so on, and thereby avoid the key issue, namely their complicity in…the miserable situation
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"Bourgeois culture has become pervasive; its project, to subordinate everyone to the dictates of capitalism, reaches everyone in the form of movies, television, newspapers, and so on. Thus, the myth of Enlightenment is transmitted without cessation to all who have even the most remote contact with contemporary society. Every resistance is effectively stifled: not by being suppressed but by being rendered yet another spectacle in the parade of culture. Resistance that cannot be appropriated is merely left outside the system, a testament to its own absurdity."
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The sick man is no doubt incapable of working, but if he is placed in a hospital he becomes a double burden for society: the assistance he is given relates only to himself, and his family is, in turn, left exposed to poverty and disease. The hospital, which creates disease by means of the enclosed, pestilential domain that it constitutes, creates further disease in the social space in which it is placed. This separation, intended to protect, communicates disease and multiplies it to infinity.
The chain of one disease engendering another, and that of the perpetual impoverishment of poverty, is thus broken when one gives up trying to create for the sick a differentiated distinct space, which results, in an unambiguous but clumsy way, in both the protection and the preservation of disease.
Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic
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#michel foucault #philosophy #the birth of the clinic #medicine #poverty #economics #ethics #disease