Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The March Against Monsanto - Fort Worth, Texas Edition

Why would the Tarrant County Libertarian Party participate in a "March Against Monsanto"? (Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 p.m., General Worth Square, Downtown Fort Worth)

Because that's where a crowd is going to be !!! We'll be handing out flyers and spreading the word about the Libertarian movement.

And seriously.... Monsanto developed some hybrid life forms. That's not problem for many of us.

Monsanto wanted a monopoly on these plants and started suing people who used "their" seeds without their permission.

One of Monsanto's former lawyers, Clarence Thomas, was appointed to the Supreme Court, where he eventually wrote a majority opinion in a 2001 lawsuit, stating that "newly developed plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patent laws of the United States".

Sorry, Clarence, but if someone purchases a John Grisham novel and then re-sells it to Half-Price Books, that individual can't be sued because he didn't mail John Grisham a check.

The same thing goes for purchasing, and then re-selling a car, a stapler, or Beyonce's Greatest Hits. It's called the "First Sale Doctrine".

The Tarrant County Libertarian Party Executive Committee believes that corporations shouldn't "own" life forms. Where would it end? Farmers have been planting, growing, and then re-using their seeds for ten thousand years. Clarence Thomas and Monsanto should not be allowed to interfere in that process.

Hope to see you there, Saturday May 25th, General Worth Square, 900 Main Street. It starts at 1:00 p.m. Go to the open area north of the Fort Worth Convention Center. Look for the old hippies and passionate Gen-X'ers.

I own me. You own you. And if you grow some soybeans, you have a right to do what you want with the seeds. It really is that simple.


Anonymous said...

Here is an Idea, farmers and growers should try suing Monsanto for contaminating there crop.
Sincerely Stepinit

Anonymous said...

You shouldn't blame Thomas, or even Monsanto, for this. The problem is the patent laws. If Monsanto doesn't fully take advantage of the patent laws as they stand, they'll slowly lose out to companies that will.
The cell phone industry is a good example of Patents Gone Wild. Everyone in the business in currently embroiled in multi-year, multi-[m,b]illion dollar lawsuits.
It's somewhat analogous to the mortgage-backed securities thing. If TBTF, Inc didn't do it on principle, they next-largest would do it and take business away from TBTF, Inc. And so on, and so on, until you got to Joe's Bank of Podunk, KS, who would take all the business and become TBTF.
With this and everything else, the ultimate blame rests with our elected officials who pass the laws. Until we have term limits, and limits on ex-officeholders holding jobs that financially benefit from BEING ex-officeholders, it's only going to get worse.

Anonymous said...

What's the Libertarian view on term limits? Nancy Pelosi isn't infringing on your rights by being Senator-for-Life, is she? Do you have the right to forbid her from a job when her constituents say that she is the most qualified?

The Whited Sepulchre said...

I don't think the LP has a position on term limits, but it would be a good idea to write one that goes as follows:

"The current mania for term limits is merely another example of citizens wanting government to do something they're unwilling to do for themselves - i.e., remove incompetent legislators."