IDEALISM IN ACTION. This is arguably a blogofascist position, but one thing I think would be a good idea would be for the United States government to find ways of helping suffering Africans that don't entail starting wars and killing people. For example, you've got all these people dying of malaria even though "there are medicines that cure for 55 cents a dose, mosquito nets that shield a child for $1 a year and indoor insecticide spraying that costs about $10 annually for a household."

Since this is an issue that does involve Africa and doesn't involve sex, a lot of the meager political leadership that's existed in the United States has come from your religious right types like Sam Brownback, and good for them.

--Matthew Yglesias

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