I am rather apalled by the opposition between getting involved by activism and the “distance” of anthropology. An anthropology without activism need not be “distant” at all! Proper anthropology is heavily enganging but in a rather different manner than activism. Activism is not alway occupied with the why’s and the ambivalences, though it may be. And because activism is about politics and therefore about simplification, the subtle and detailed understanding of the subject might be lot if we were to simply blur academia with activism. This is not to say that anthropoligists should not take part in public debates, but that we should keep in mind our profession while doing this.