February 23, 2013

How A “Supreme Court” Should Be (Brazil GM Soy Extortion Case)


Brazil’s Supreme Court of Justice denies one of Monsanto’s patent extensions. This will help bolster the ongoing “royalty” fraud case where a snowballing alliance of soy farmers has been winning court decisions and favorable supreme court rulings going back two years now. Monsanto’s already on the hook for over $2 billion in back royalties, taxes they fraudulently extracted from indentured farmers. (The term “royalty” is apt. It’s explicitly redolent of autocratic taxes imposed by monarchs. Modern “intellectual property” taxes are just as mystically based, just as arbitrary, just as tyrannical, as the most offensive monarchical extractions which provoked revolutions and beheadings.)
The reason the system in Brazil is more responsive to the people is because the people there are aggressive in forcing it to be, for example through the Landless Workers’ Movement.
(Not really responsive of course, no centralized hierarchy is. (And humanity should have a much higher aspiration than “responsive” elites anyway.) But more responsive than amid the pits of Western corporatism. We can compare this to the upcoming Bowman vs. Monsanto decision, where 9-0 for corporate totalitarianism wouldn’t surprise me. Of course there’s no anti-corporatists on the court, but only activist and more passive corporatists.)
What’s the world status of the aggressive but structurally very weak GMO onslaught? If we can just hold the line in Europe and especially Africa, and start rolling them back in Latin America and India, that might quickly be the end of them.
Sometimes I wonder if I should go to Africa, which may be the coming ground zero battlefield.




  1. Maybe this is an obvious supposition, but could it be that more people in those countries work close to the land, whereas here most seem to be very disconnected in every way? Is there more of a bourgeoisie here, than in Brazil and Africa?

    Comment by DualPersonality — February 23, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    • Yes, a mass middle class tends to be more conformist and supportive of criminal hierarchies. That was the rationale for using (some of) the cheap oil surplus to temporarily build a Western middle class, and now to try to build (smaller) ones in the global south.

      Although, the middle classes of Europe have put up a pretty good fight against GMO penetration, and against total surrender to EUism in general.

      Comment by Russ — February 23, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

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