Neoliberal Ebola

Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm

Editors: Wallace, Robert G., Wallace, Rodrick (Eds.)

  • This volume was produced by a wide consortium representing a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines
  • The work presents an attempt to get ahead of a possible pandemic occurrence
  • The book expands the epistemological implications of the West African outbreak
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This volume compiles five papers modeling the effects of neoliberal economics on the emergence of Ebola and its aftermath. Neoliberalism is currently the world’s primary economic philosophy. It centers international relations around globalizing laissez-faire economics for multinational companies, promoting free trade, deregulating economic markets, and shifting state expenditures in favor of private property. The multidisciplinary teams represented here place both Ebola Makona, the Zaire Ebola virus variant that has infected 28,000 in West Africa, and Ebola Reston, which is currently emerging in industrial hog farms in the Philippines and China, within a multi-plank modeling framework. Using a stochastic extinction model that one group spatializes, environmental stochasticity across the ecologies in which Ebola evolves is treated as an ecosystemic prophylaxis. An agroecological logic gate is developed for epidemic control. A Black-Scholes model explicitly links economic margins across agricultural systems to success in biocontrol. This new control theory is further developed around the data-rate and rate-distortion theorems, a turbulence model, and cognitive symmetry breaking. Lastly, a model of pandemic penetrance is used to explore the domino effects of serious outbreaks amplifying through the cascades of disasters that can follow deadly pandemics. All the models presented are contextualized by socioeonomic geographies specific to outbreak locales.Together the models suggest shifts in regional agroeconomics under the neoliberal doctrine, driving deforestation and monoculture production, destroying the ecosystemic “friction” with which local forests typically disrupt Ebola transmission. The resulting collapse in such an ecological function accelerates pathogen spillover and propagation across the remaining host populations. The failure on the part of current control efforts to assimilate such a structural context may render even an efficacious vaccine dysfunctional. The authors propose an alternate science of disease and an adjunct program of interventions useful to researchers and public health officials alike. 

About the authors

Robert G. Wallace, PhD, is a public health phylogeographer presently visiting the University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies. His research has addressed the evolution and spread of influenza, the agroeconomics of Ebola, the social geography of HIV/AIDS in New York City, the emergence of Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus out of Ugandan prehistory, and the evolution of infection life history in response to antivirals. Wallace is co-author of Farming Human Pathogens: Ecological Resilience and Evolutionary Process (Springer). He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rodrick Wallace, PhD, is a research scientist in the Division of Epidemiology of the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Columbia, worked a decade as a public interest lobbyist, is a past recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and is the author of numerous books and papers on matters of public health and public order.


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Did Ebola Emerge in West Africa by a Policy-Driven Phase Change in Agroecology?

    Wallace, Robert G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Ebola in the Hog Sector: Modeling Pandemic Emergence in Commodity Livestock

    Wallace, Rodrick (et al.)

    Pages 13-53

  • Did Neoliberalizing West Africa’s Forests Produce a Vaccine-Resistant Ebola?

    Wallace, Robert G. (et al.)

    Pages 55-68

  • Introducing Pandemic Control Theory

    Wallace, Rodrick (et al.)

    Pages 69-80

  • The Social Amplification of Pandemics and Other Disasters

    Wallace, Rodrick (et al.)

    Pages 81-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neoliberal Ebola
Book Subtitle
Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm
Editors
  • Robert G. Wallace
  • Rodrick Wallace
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40940-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40940-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40939-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 96
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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