Meaningful vs. meaningless support from businesses
Posted Sep 30, 2010 15:57 UTC (Thu) by pboddie
In reply to: Meaningful vs. meaningless support from businesses
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In the event you are against pharma patents, you're entitled to your opinion but you won't convince any political decision-making body anywhere in the civilized free world that pharma patents should go away.
You haven't heard my argument, so how would you know that it wouldn't convince anybody unless you believe that either no argument is sufficient for the abolition or curtailment of pharmaceutical and life science patents or that everyone who needs to be convinced is already thoroughly and irreversibly corrupted by the idea that the availability of medicines must be driven on a purely profit-oriented basis?
The alternative would be state-run research aka the most radical form of communism.
Because, after all, states have absolutely no interest in funding research into keeping their citizens healthy/alive? Even the US government spends considerable amounts of money on medical research (from which corporations have benefited hugely), so maybe a reanimation of Senator McCarthy is necessary to combat this "form of communism". If nothing else, it would at least provide this discussion with a participant who might share your enthusiasm for such alarmist and unfounded rhetoric.
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