Everybody should be interested in access to primary and secondary education for everybody.
Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me.
If you look just at the decades after 1934, you know it’s hard to point to really inspired and positive support from outside of Haiti, to Haiti, and much easier to point to either small-minded or downright mean-spirited policies.
I’m not an austere person.
We have to design a health delivery system by actually talking to people and asking, ‘What would make this service better for you?’ As soon as you start asking, you get a flood of answers.
I critique market-based medicine not because I haven’t seen its heights but because I’ve seen its depths.
In fact, it seems to me that making strategic alliances across national borders in order to treat HIV among the world’s poor is one of the last great hopes of solidarity across a widening divide.
The idea that because you’re born in Haiti you could die having a child. The idea that because you’re born in you know Malawi your children may go to bed hungry. We want to take some of the chance out of that.
I think that looking forward it’s easy to imagine more constructive help for Haiti.
But as for activism, my parents did what they could, given the constraints, but were never involved in the causes I think of when I think of activists.