Friday, August 19, 2011

Planet of the Taxpayers by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Planet of the Taxpayers by Jeffrey A. Tucker:
We're Just Apes to the State
Jeff Tucker on Planet of the Tax Slaves.


The story line is so conventional that you could make it up just sitting there. A private-sector biochemical corporation rushes to test a drug that is supposed to reverse Alzheimer's.

It is tested on apes and the drug makes them strangely intelligent. But the same drug unleashes a killer virus among humans. The rest is science-fiction history.

The anticapitalism is so familiar that it is not even as disturbing as it should be. The CEO struts around in super-fancy suits, always in a rush from place to place, and his main job is to look cool and bark at everyone. Several times he snaps that drug development is all about profits. He tells a research scientist (paraphrasing):

"Don't talk to me about risk. Develop the drug. Then you get famous and I make money. That's the way it works."

Ah yes, corporate management, as told by the movies.

Then there is the privately owned ape prison where the animals are enslaved in cages before being taken to the laboratory to be pumped full of experimental drugs. They are shocked with electric prods, hit with clubs, fed gruel, and humiliated constantly by the jerk in charge.

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