Global healer

An interview with Paul Farmer
You’ve referred to Americans as "lazy democrats." How does this assessment describe America’s relationship with Haiti?

We’re lazy democrats in that many of us were born in a very affluent society. As a child, I never had to fight to go to school or even to have clean drinking water. Very few U.S. kids in the latter half of the 20th century did. Yet few of us are engaged in protecting our democracy by getting informed on all the issues, from health care to foreign policy, and then voting. The Haitians vote in far greater numbers, in terms of proportions, than we do.


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