National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Edward C. Green, former director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard School of Health and author of Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment Has Betrayed the Developing World. The Q&A is most definitely worth reading. Here’s an excerpt which demonstrates a key point: the self-interest and ideology of those who want to condomize the entire developing world and the contradictory goal of promoting sex while fighting the spread of AIDS:
The original title for my new book was to be AIDS and Ideology, but my publisher thought that sounded too cerebral. In my book, I describe not only the financial self-interest of organizations geared to continue lucrative U.S. government contracts and grants in family planning (contraception); I also show how an ideology of Sexual Liberation über Alles has pretty much removed most public health or medical value from what we call global AIDS prevention. Now, as an aging hippie who came of age in the 1960s, I know all about sexual liberation and I like to say I was at least a two-star general in the Sixties Sexual Revolution, but we have to ask ourselves, when we are using literally billions of taxpayer dollars, is our aim to spread the Gospel of Sexual Freedom, or is it to reduce HIV infections? When you break down the elements of global AIDS prevention, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that it’s often more about the former, although I think that much of this operates below the level of conscious decision-making, and/or disguises itself as political correctness or being non-judgmental.
Interimcolumnist Rory Leishman wrote about Edward C. Green’s criticism of the obsession over condoms as a part of the anti-AIDS strategy back in a 2008 column, “Condom promotion reconsidered.”