Richard Levins wrote:
> Patho-physiological and social explanations are not incompatible. An epidemic needs pathogens, vunerability ofpopulations, means of spread. The parameters of epidemics come a from a broader context, which may indeed be the political economy of bee keeping or environmental change including habitats for bees and their nutrition.This is a worthwhile hypothesis to offset the molecular reductionism that is so prevalent. So if recent developments in (capitalist) societies do create the context, the pathways should be traced out.There is no need for sneers when somebody focuses on a different link in the causal chain from our own favorite one. Dick
Some years ago there was an exchange in NYRB between Lewontin & critics
which involved the "causes" of tuberculosis. I think that exchanged
explored this point in some detail.