Normally, I’d just expand on the link sent. But as this particular link comes to us from GreginOz, one of HoT’s favorite commenters, I just have to share his description first.
UN AIDS meeting to analyse faith based bullshit versus use a fucking condon you fundy piece of shit! Ah America, where MORE single young women fall pregnant than any other 1st world country, where 50% percent of virginity pledges are broken in the first 12 months, where womb cancer drugs are banned because those filthy sluts are FILTHY SLUTS! Sent from the Batcave where I sit on my Battplug. Oooooooh.
Greg, you fucking rule.
Anyway, onto the story., where they’re debating the best way to fight AIDS. On one side of the issue is the pro-condom crowd, who have people like Naomi Watts and things like facts on their side. On the other side is the pro-abstinence crowd, who have Laura Bush, fundamentalist Christianity and wishful thinking firmly in their camp.
A REPORT showing the battle against AIDS is being won has taken centre stage at a UN conference in New York, where fiery debate is expected between the sexual abstinence lobby of US first lady Laura Bush and pro-condom campaigners such as Australian actor Naomi Watts.
Mrs Bush will address the conference tomorrow, arguing the conservative White House line that education programs promoting abstinence should be the cornerstone of international AIDS prevention strategies.
Watts, who is attending the conference in her new capacity as a UNAIDS ambassador, publicly disagreed with the US abstinence policy last month, saying she was a “big believer in contraception protection”.
Mrs Bush is leading a 47-member US delegation to the conference that includes her daughter Barbara, abstinence pusher Anita Smith from the US presidential advisory council on HIV-AIDS, and Baptist minister Herb Lusk, an adviser to President George W. Bush on faith-based programs.
But the first lady will have a difficult time winning converts after the greater use of condoms was identified in the 2006 report from UNAIDS – the UN’s program on AIDS and HIV – as a major reason for inroads against the disease in some of the world’s worst-affected areas.
So yeah, if governments have taken on the duty to fight the scourge of AIDS, they have a duty to the citizen and the taxpayer to show results and to not violate anyone’s right to their own religion. Condoms do that; they’re not forced on anyone and they show results. Abstinence is usually rooted in religion and, while I personally partook of it growing up and it obviously worked, most people won’t and abstinence as a public health strategy is clearly not working.
Now, I know that thus far, I’m inviting a lot of comments along the line of “OMG STATISM ON HoT WTF” because I’m writing an article on foreign aid, the UN and “public health” without:
1) Calling for America to leave the UN
2) Calling for America to evict the UN from the country and blow it up
3) Calling for an immediate abolition of foreign aid
4) Affirming that there is no such thing as “public health,” you statist bastard
Now, let me explain WHY. You have to meet the non-abstinent masses where they’re at in order to reduce AIDS, you cannot impose an ideally perfect solution on them. Likewise, you have to meet the non-libertarian voter where they’re at to reduce the state, you can’t impose perfect liberty on them.
No matter how many ($15 billion over five years, or $3 billion a year, when we spend ten times that amount on highways alone), it’s not terribly relevant WHO does the job, so long as the job gets done., we have to face up to the fact that they’re not going away… at least not anytime soon. We also have to face up to the fact that 11,000 people are dying everyday from this disease, and when the solution is so cheap in the scheme of things
So, I would think that it is more libertarian to have a big government that actually helps people than a big government that doesn’t. Yes, big government is not ideal. Yes, they’re going to incur a lot of (and many of them do), we need to bite back our aversion to big government and get involved in making it suck less. Then people will see that we care, and actually listen when we talk about the nobility of private charity, and we can actually DO something about big government instead of intellectually handjobbing each other about the revolution that’s never coming.in fighting AIDS. But unless we as libertarians wish people to continue thinking us heartless assholes