chapter  16
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The Malignant Metaphor: A Political Thanatology of AIDS

Samuel Butler was writing in E rew hon,1 over one hund red years ago, o f a mythical land where criminal behavior is seen as sheer bad luck, while illness is wicked and deserves punishm ent. T he tendency to cossett criminals, and to view them as “sick” ra ther than conceivably ever “bad,” has increasingly been built into many legal systems, especially the American. Now the second part o f the prophecy is com ing true.