The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Washington, D.C.:
AIDS Epidemic

Mar 23, 2009

According to a recent study by the Washington, D.C. health department, an epidemic of HIV/AIDS has been hitting the population of the nation's capital at a rate higher than in West African countries where HIV/AIDS has long been considered the worst in the world.

Why this epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the nation's capital? High levels of poverty – which breeds drug use – lack of medical care and restrictions Congress placed on preventive measures.

It's a clear snapshot of American capitalism – a deadly preventable epidemic raging alongside shining marble government buildings.