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He commented that ‘this static formula of survival’ was ‘not new’: ‘indeed it has been used with much biological success by social insects’ discount chloramphenicol 250 mg on line. Through a highly stratified and efficient mode of organisation, colonies of ants and termites had solved many of 155 CONCLUSION the problems which were the subject of endless discussions and conflicts in human societies. In a similar way, the ‘arrested societies’ of isolated aboriginal groups, which ‘resembled in some respects the societies of bees and ants’, confirmed the possibility of achieving a stable equilibrium with their environment—and ‘an acceptable degree of physical health and happiness’. However, though this stability may have allowed these societies to avoid the problems of adapting to change, it was also ‘incompatible with the growth of their civilisations, indeed, with the very growth of man’ (Dubos 1960:215). The approval of a moratorium on the development of GM food because of possible dangers to health, by prestigious bodies of the medical profession and the scientfic community as well as by the government, is a reflection of the fatalistic outlook of contemporary society. In the current climate, every scientific advance, from test-tube babies to key-hole surgery, provokes more anxiety at the possible adverse consequences than celebration of the potential benefits. Fears about the dangers of science are part of a wider pessimism about the prospects for the advance of humanity through active intervention in nature or in society (Gillott, Kumar 1995). Though the rising influence of environmentalism has not yet led to the promotion of insect colonies as a model for human society, the popular cult of the primitive (as reflected, for example, in the affinity of contemporary environmentalists for the tribal peoples of the rainforests) indicates the scale of disillusionment with achievements of civilisation (Bookchin 1995). Given the impracti-cability of a return to an idealised aboriginal state, this outlook is expressed in demands to call a halt to further attempts at human advance, whether through scientific or social initiatives. In a society of lowered horizons and diminished expectations, security and safety have become the highest values and the goal of preserving health has become the zenith of human aspirations. The idea that to safeguard health it is necessary to restrain, if not stop, scientific advance appears to be in stark contrast to the widely quoted utopian concept of health adopted by the World Health Organisation at its founding conference in 1946: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ (MacKenzie 1946) Yet, as Dubos observed, dreams of an imaginary past and utopian visions of the future share a common theme: ‘different as they appear to be, both imply a static view of the world which is 156 CONCLUSION incompatible with reality, for the human condition has always been to move on’ (Dubos 1960:208). It is striking that, after its adoption in that brief period of hope for the future between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and the onset of the Cold War in 1947, the WHO’s definition of health disappeared from public view until it was rediscovered in the 1970s.

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Thus he reaffirmed that discount chloramphenicol 500mg with amex, for New Labour, ‘true equality’ meant ‘equal worth’, not primarily a question of income, more one of parity of esteem. As Gordon Brown put it, poverty was ‘not just a simple problem of money, to be solved by cash alone’, but a state of wider deprivation, expressed above all in ‘poverty of expectations’. In case there was any 92 THE POLITICS OF HEALTH PROMOTION misunderstanding, Anthony Giddens, chief theoretician of the third way, bluntly explained that there was, ‘no future’ for traditional left- wing egalitarianism and its redistributionist ‘tax and spend’ fiscal and welfare policies (Giddens 1999). Instead ‘modernising social democrats’ needed ‘to find an approach that allows equality to coexist with pluralism and lifestyle diversity’. Giddens’ new egalitarianism meant accepting wide differentials in income, but insisting on ‘equal respect’. New Labour’s message to the poor was: never mind the width of the income gulf—feel the quality of our recognition of your pain. A continuing tension between Old and New Labour approaches to inequality was also apparent in the health inequalities debate. For one group of traditionalists, based in Bristol, ‘poverty really is a problem of the lack of enough money—if you give poor people enough money they stop being poor—it is as simple as that’ (Shaw et al. For Richard Wilkinson at Sussex University, a prominent figure in this debate over two decades, it was not so simple. He maintained that social differentials in health were the result of ‘psychosocial’ rather than material factors, as the ‘chronic stress’ generated by a polarised society takes its toll on the health of those who are relatively worse off (Wilkinson 1996:214–15). Whereas the Bristol group insisted that ‘poverty reduction really is something that can be achieved by “throwing money at the problem”’, Wilkinson argued that the solution lay in strategies to ‘achieve narrower income distribution and better social cohesion’ (Shaw et al. In the harsh world of politics, New Labour’s slavish devotion to Tina, fiscal rectitude and electoral expediency mean that it has no intention, either of raising benefits to the poor, or of doing anything to reduce income differentials.

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