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  • Originally published 10/22/2014

    Ebola and the politics of fear

    From Johnson's 'Daisy Girl' ad to Reagan's Soviet bear, politicians have been trying to scare voters to the polls for decades. Now, Ebola is handing candidates an arresting talking point.

  • Originally published 09/25/2014

    Why Does Africa Get Hit with So Many Disasters Like Ebola?

    Joseph Yannielli

    Looking at the litany of disaster that is recent West African history - slavery, colonialism, genocide, civil war, and now an ebola epidemic of unprecedented scope and voracity - it is tempting to conclude that this is the single unluckiest region on the surface of the planet.

  • Originally published 09/03/2014

    The Sad Reason We Don't Know More About Ebola

    Pearl Duncan

    It’s been said that one of the reasons the Ebola virus went out of control, undetected, is because so little attention is paid to Africa. Not only is little attention paid to issues in current Africa, but very little is known about African history.

  • Originally published 11/02/2014

    The Free Market Kicks It Some Ebola Ass

    Liberty and Power

    The Ebola hysteria raises questions about how a free society would handle contagious diseases. Critics of freedom argue: libertarian principles, like the right against involuntary confinement, means that half the people on the planet could literally die from a lack of centralized state control. Left to their own devices, average people cannot solve their own problems.

  • Originally published 11/02/2014

    Nurse Kaci Hickox is not Typhoid Mary

    Knitting Clio at HNN

    Nurse Kaci Hickox is not Typhoid Mary, but that hasn't stopped some conservative critics from calling her a "Typhoid Mary wannabe."