Eternal vigilance

Author/Creator: 
Sam Friedman

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), abolitionist, orator and columnist for The Liberator, in a speech before the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852.

On a globe run by bean-counters
on behalf of profits,
where all disease prevention
is a crime,
the crime of theft
against the sales of pharmaceuticals,
eternal vigilance is the price of
health.
Needle exchange, education, A.R.T.,
users' groups,
all
face eternal siege,
critique,
audits
and loathing.
They cost taxation,
encourage illicit enjoyment,
prevent socially salutary
disease, wasting, death,
and sales.
Viruses
cleanse social evils,
build sales,
build profits.
Viruses are bean-counters'
best friends.
Viruses
are patriotic.
Bean-counting politicians,
and bean-counting editors
are viruses'
best friends.
Eternal vigilance is the price of
health
until we make a healthy
revolution.