Did I ruffle a few feathers? :)

Chris M. Sciabarra sciabrrc at is2.NYU.EDU
Thu Sep 21 20:06:44 MDT 1995


On Thu, 21 Sep 1995, Maoist Internationalist Movement wrote:

> Personally I don't want to take on the burden of being an
> all-knowing consumer in these areas. Most people want to rely
> on an authority with a public interest to do these things. You=20
> could argue that we should all pay consultants to do our own
> private bidding, to inform us of what we need to buy.
> Most people probably would rather form a consumer's union
> and purchase that service from their government, thinking
> that they would gain leverage and knowledge from collective
> struggle. Mao thought the masses should form their own
> organizations and overthrow folks in their government
> from time to time, thus honing the skills of the masses
> to wield power.

Well then, THREE CHEERS FOR MAO! =20

Considering that inspection standards were established by the food=20
industry and that the FDA keeps the pharmaceutical monopolies strong, I'd=
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prefer those consumer consultants anyday.  In AIDS medications alone, God=
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knows how many patients have died because the FDA keeps such a=20
stranglehold on the testing process. =20
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Dr. Chris M. Sciabarra
Visiting Scholar, NYU Department of Politics
INTERNET:  sciabrrc at is2.nyu.edu
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