By Stanley Crouch
As a cultural and political commentator, Stanley Crouch in unapologetically contentious and delightfully iconoclastic. even if he's writing at the distinctiveness of the yankee South, the dying of Tupak Shakur, the O.J. Simpson verdict, or the wear performed by way of the Oklahoma urban bombing, Crouch's high-velocity alternate with American tradition is carried out with scrupulous allegiance to the reality, even if it hurts--and it always does. And just about jazz--from Sidney Bechet to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington to Miles Davis--there is not any yet one more articulate, impassioned, and encyclopedic in his wisdom than Stanley Crouch.
Crouch ways every little thing in his course with head-on power, stressed intelligence, and a fresh religion within the collective test that's America--and he does so in a virtuosic prose type that's by no means lower than exciting.
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A major question of causation, therefore, relates to why position in the social hierarchy should be so intimately related to risk of a range of diseases which medical science suggests have different causes. Is there one factor, that follows a social gradient, that renders people more likely to succumb to illness; the nature of the illness being caused by speciﬁc genetic or environmental factors? Or is being in lower social position linked to higher exposure to environmental pollution, tobacco, worse diet, and psychological stress which in turn are related to respiratory illness, lung cancer, heart disease, and mental illness and suicide?
If it were possible to break the link between income inequality and health inequality, one could achieve greater equality in the health space while still accepting inequality in the income space. This anticipates an understanding of the causes. If we understand the social causes of these inequalities in health, and could do something about them, this could inform debate as to whether we find the policies necessary to reduce inequalities in health acceptable for other reasons. My starting position is that this gradient in ill health is a waste of human capital and is not inevitable.
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