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[Perspectives] Politics: for sickness or for health?

Human rights lawyer Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch and long-time “dictator hunter”, has mordantly argued: “If you kill one person, you go to jail; if you kill 20, you are committed to an institution for the criminally insane; if you kill 20 000, you go into comfortable exile with political asylum.” But what if your country’s (or a corporation’s) policies and practices are responsible for the chronic illness and premature deaths of millions? Following Brody’s logic, as a politician you will earn fame and a handsome living; as a corporate CEO you will enjoy a life of luxury and impunity as a 0·01 percenter.