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In his writing, Engels argued that social murder occurs when the ruling class enacts policies that knowingly harm or neglect the health and well-being of the working class. He described this as a form of violence that is just as lethal as a physical attack, but is carried out through the structures of society. Our politicians know this fact of life, our public policies directly lead to the premature death of our fellow citizens. In the context of US healthcare policies, we can see examples of social murder in the way that policies have been designed to prioritize profits over people. Pharmaceutical companies raise prices on life-saving medications to increase their profits, while millions of
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