Keywords:Social Medicine, Political Systems, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Democracy, Climate, Global Warming, Nuclear War, Inequality, Dialectical Materialism, Proletarianization
AbstractThis essay might be construed as something of a missive in the vein of Kropotkin’s “An Appeal to the Young,” from old radicals who accomplished little, to young radicals who must accomplish much. We intend our remarks as preliminary, for it will be the young who will re-make the world, and in the process they will learn much to teach their descendants. This essay draws on both Marxist and anarchist currents in its formulation of revolutionary medicine for the current situation. Marx is necessary for his analysis of capitalism, his historical materialism, for his labor theory of value, for his formulation of history as the history of class struggle, for his emphasis on praxis. Anarchism is necessary for its hatred of capitalism, emphasis on freedom, its defiance of authority, and its radical democracy.
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