Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Intellectual Property -- mofb #17

6. Give us your views on intellectual property rights in such areas as allowing farmers to save genetically modified seeds, changes in the federal patent law relating to seed patents, and fanners in many foreign countries not being prevented from saving genetically modified seeds.

The Framers of the Constitution believed that the federal government needed to deliver mail. They were wrong on this. 18th-century patent law and intellectual property law is also outdated. It tends to favor inventors with high-powered lawyers over consumers.

Libertarian think-tanks, inspired by economists like Nobel-laureates Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek, have been re-inventing intellectual property rights in terms of Free Market theory. I have listed some of this work here:

Piracy is a cultural problem. I am not a multi-culturalist. We need to export the moral framework (Christianity) that undergirds free markets and respect for private property.

Western Civilization is Christian Civilization


This is one in a series of blog posts answering questions posed to candidates in the 7th District by the Missouri Farm Bureau. Here is the list of mofb blog posts in this series.

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