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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 06:59 PM
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140. shouldn't be, but it is
In theory, treating the symptoms should not preclude treating the causes, but unfortunately in the real world in practical and functional effect, that is far too often the case.

How is talking about causes preventing the treatment of symptoms? I can remember back to a time when there was not such ferocious resistance to discussing causes and political solutions, and there was far more treatment of symptoms going on then, not less. That was both/and - not in some theoretical sense, but in practical and functional reality. Just because we were unionizing and fighting management did not mean that people did not help out the worker who was down and out. Taking strong and effective political action and building solidarity and analyzing things in a political context led to more personal charitable work, not less, and the work was seen as being done between equals, without this artificial and aristocratic dichotomy between a "helper" class and "helped" class, with those in the helper class presumed to be good and above any sort of criticism, and those in the helped class presumed to be defective. All were helpers, and all were helped, and no one put on airs when they found themselves in the role of helper, and no one judged those who needed help.
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