June 15, 2009
"It is in the sterilisation of failure, and not in the selection of successes for breeding, that the possibility of an improvement of the human stock lies." - H.G. Wells. Antithetical to rampant free-to-breed populist sentiment, government support for eugenics has no prospect. Fortunately, grasping short-sightedness offers hope. Wells' proactive stance is more easily achieved by impeding medical advances. To cull the defective in the population as young as possible, there may be no more effective measure than making genetic research uneconomic, to zero the return on investment for developing novel treatments. Not a moment too soon to take the side road to Wells' goal for a better human species. Outlaw gene patents.
Posted by Patent Hawk at June 15, 2009 11:21 PM | The Patent System
Naw, to cull the defective in the population as young as possible, there is no more effective measure than making treatments prohibitively expensive through patent monopolies.
Posted by: Chaon at June 16, 2009 6:53 PM
It's not like that. Status quo means rich defectives, or those with decent insurance, can afford patented treatments. And the research keeps advancing. Plus, after a time, the novelty wears off and the plebs get the cut-rate version. That's no way to reduce the surplus population.
Posted by: Patent Hawk at June 16, 2009 11:56 PM
No such thing as rich defectives. Only poor people are defective.
Posted by: Chaon at June 17, 2009 5:50 PM
"No such thing as rich defectives. Only poor people are defective."
Michael J. Fox
Posted by: broje at June 18, 2009 8:20 AM