Suing the golden goose
Posted by aogThursday, 14 December 2006 at 12:24 TrackBack Ping URL

Instapundit has been writing about the irrational despite of Big Pharma.Coincidentally, I heard on NPR a story about AIDS activists who want Big Pharma executive tried for “crimes against humanity” for not providing AIDS drugs at low prices to Africa.

This is, as usual, stupidly counter-productive even from the point of view of the activists. What they would really establish is that the real crime for which Big Pharma would be punished was developing useful pharmaceuticals for AIDS. This is because had no such pharmaceuticals been developed or released, no crime. And obviously the simplest way for Big Pharma to avoid such persecution prosecution in the future would be to halt all such research. That the activists seem unconcerned about that indicates how much the activists really care about people suffering from AIDS.

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Michael Herdegen Friday, 15 December 2006 at 03:18

That the activists seem unconcerned about that indicates how much the activists really care about people suffering from AIDS.

I think that you give them too much credit. Mostly, they’re just idiots, and are unable to work out what the probable consequences would be for their proposed actions.

Brit Friday, 15 December 2006 at 03:53

It is a typical Leftism, in the sense that rather than trying to find practical solutions in the world we have, they would rather complain about - and find people to blame for - the fact that the world is not perfect.

Jeff Guinn Friday, 15 December 2006 at 16:04

I think Michael is mostly right — in order to get to the point where you are going after Pharma executives for crimes against humanity, you had to have immersed yourself in stupidity untainted by the even tiniest talent for grasping the readily apparent.

That said, I think it is noteworthy that most artistes are enamored of the Left, and being an artiste is generally a right-brain activity. I suspect most on the Left are right-brained.

Analysis, however, is very left-brained.

Arriving at a conclusion intuitively/emotionally may be satisfying, but unlikely to provide a correct conclusion in the absence of dumb luck.

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