Carnival of the Un-Capitalists
Step right up, step right up! Come one, come all the Carnival of the Un-Capitalists--Markets and Health Edition. I'm Majikthise and I'm very pleased to be your carnie. Do we have a treat for you today, folks. Progressive commentary for the four corners of the blogosphere. Horrors, marvels, and wonders abound!
Step into the big tent and prepare to be AMAZED.
[The] conclusion is something that every American worker needs to understand: Our system of regulating and controlling workers' exposure to toxic chemicals is broken, kaput, dead.
Stayin' Alive tells the shocking tale of the COX-2 debacle--the marketing phenomenon that wasted billions of dollars and killed a lot of people, many of whom would have been better off on plain old, unpatented aspirin.
The central factor in this process is the state's patent policies, which drastically inflate the profitability of the newer "me, too" drugs against much cheaper competitors that do very nearly the same thing. Indeed, the patent process has a huge distorting effect on R&D, since it results in so many resources being channelled into tweaking existing drugs just enough so that they can be re-patented as "new."
A dispatch from the trenches: Can't History Ever Do Anything Different? by Andru Ziwasimon MD who's blogging at Too the Teeth "a weblog devoted to issues of health justice, medicine public and private, race in America, public health in its broadest sense, globalization, innovations, and honest discussions around strategies in advocacy."
Our public hospital may well go bankrupt, but not because of poor people, it's because of poor leadership, really bad decision-making and a cynical political process that allows cynical people to exercise their bigotry by scapegoating the poor and people of color as the problem
How bad is business ethics in the health care sector? Majikthise learns that it's so bad it's even freaking out the executives.
That's our show for this week. Bloggers, if you like what you saw, please tell your friends with a link to our little production:
The redoubtable Red Harvest will host the fourth edition of the Carnival of the Un-Capitalists on April 25th.
If you have some un-Capitalist blogging you'd like to share, send your submissions to [email protected] The deadline is Sunday April 24th at 4:30 Eastern. Visit the Carnival of the Un-Capitalists' homepage for more details.