How to dismantle medicine enclosure?


Hyperbolic title (Corporations Killed Medicine. Here’s How to Take It Back.) and subtitle providing an easy laugh to anyone inclined to disagree (“For most of human history, life-saving drugs were a public good. Now they’re only good for shareholders.”) – for most of human history, life-saving drugs did not exist – but otherwise the article by Fran Quigley in The Nation is very good, from the category-like text above the title (“Big Pharma”, “Patents”, “Inequality”) to invoking enclosure and commons and being historically aware.

I highly recommending the article and its links. There’s too much to comment on most of it right now, but note the author’s theory of change:

The good news is that medicine enclosure is ripe for dismantling.

 Popular discontent and ideas for reform don’t always lead to change. After all, the land-enclosure movement triggered plenty of passionate protests, but the enclosure proceeded without significant interruption. For the resistance to medicine enclosure to see better results, it needs to make clear the life-and-death nature of the struggle, and highlight the injustice inherent in the collective contribution to private profits.

Fine, but resistance even with “better results” is a good deal less than dismantling. The latter requires pro-commons policy.

End the drug war to downsize proprietary drug interests