Sunday, September 05, 2004

A Vexing Question

Kieran Healey asks:

Why is it that in Europe (at least in my experience) patients with a sprained ankle or whatever are typically issued with forearm crutches whereas in the U.S. you get underarm crutches. It seems clear to me that the underarm kind is inferior in every important respect. So why does it survive in the U.S.?
He then offers several possible answers, and solicits more. I can think of two myself:
  1. Marxist. American underarm crutches are a sign of the inevitable immiseration of the working classes (who are disproportionatelly likely to suffer injuries requiring them) under a regime of unrestrained capitalist exploitation.
  2. Anti-Globalist. Underarm crutches are bigger, a giveaway of the degree to which the corporate media has brainwashed the American sheeple into uncritically adopting a SuperSizeā„¢ mentality in all areas of life.
Anyone else have some suggestions?