Yet, when a society fails to care for itself, all its members fall ill, sometimes literally as well as metaphorically. Last week my father, an 84-year-old, middle-class New Yorker, who is not HIV positive, began treatment for tuberculosis.
He is very seriously ill. Who infected him? Someone on the subway? At the local takeaway? George Bush? And who are we infecting right now by separating ourselves from 'them'?
School of English and American Studies
University of East Anglia