public property

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Sometimes we think the law is on our side. Private pharma companies cannot take a patent on derivatives of medicinal plants.

This however discourages them to do any research in this area, and they concentrate on the things they might cash in for 10 years without competition.

Since the government made this law, it also has to fund the research in medicinal plants itself. While in some universities funded by the government such research is indeed happening, the scale is often amateurish.

We thus get a beautiful law with unwanted consequences.

What about privatisation?

A government cannot not first use public money to create a network of water supply and then later on sell the waterboard to a private company just to fix their one year budget. There is the question of selling at the right price. What is the price for something that has been funded for 100 years and has everybody as a customer?
There is another question of a private company not being interested in connecting far away and not profitable customers. There is the question of a lower price for bigger customers and a higher price for the smallest customers.

If the participation in decision making is restricted to votes about who governs, without referenda on bigger issues, like the budget, do we really live in a democratic system?

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2 thoughts on “public property

    • I think the Monsantos on this earth are our biggest danger of short time survival. Earth needs care to yield food, not maximum profit, overcroping and oligopoly.

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