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March 24, 2017

The USDA Honors National Poison Prevention Week

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We should’ve known those jokers at the USDA were yanking us.
 
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25), the USDA has declared that its promise to begin testing US foods for glyphosate residues on April 1st, 2017, was of course an April Fools prank.
 
They reverted to their previous position, dictated to them by Monsanto since the 1970s, that such testing would be too expensive. What this really means, of course, is too politically expensive. It wouldn’t do for the people to know from systematic government testing (as opposed to the ad hoc, self-selected testing of NGO programs) how rife their food is with this deadly cancer agent. (Last autumn the FDA also suspended its own alleged plan to test for glyphosate.)
 
Of course the notion of expense is self-evidently absurd. If capitalism worked the way the good civics primers claim then Monsanto would have to pay the cost of all such testing, performed by truly independent laboratories. If the expense of this would render the product unprofitable, then the product shouldn’t exist, ipso facto. That’s in addition to the truly scientific safety tests which would be required, and the hard ban which would be imposed as soon as the product is found to cause cancer.
 
But now I’m the one telling jokes. Of course everything the primers and mainstream media say about capitalism is a lie, capitalism does not work, and nothing rational or sane can exist wherever these would conflict with the corporate imperative. The regulators are full partners in this great campaign of organized crime and poisonism.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2 Comments

  1. Your understanding of “capitalism” is not complete. You are correct that today’s capitalism is better described by Mercantilism or Fascism. Some businesses enjoy access to political power which then limits the market’s controlling affects. A better term for what we think of as classical capitalism is Free Enterprise. In a well functioning system of Free Enterprise, each participant is responsible for the products they produce and the harm that they may cause. A fully functioning system of courts and accumulated Common Law helps sort things out and those who are judged responsible then have to pay just compensation. The courts help control the bad actors in a Free Enterprise system. The legislative body cannot control the bad actors because of the power of money and the temptation to give certain groups exemptions, etc. Socialism, Fascism, Democratic Socialism, etc. are all extreme forms of concentrated political power where a few are granted tremendous privileges at the expense of others.

    Comment by ciberpine — April 5, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    • I write about capitalism as it has always existed in the real world, not the utopian version of fantasy writing and propaganda. It’s impossible for “free enterprise” to exist other than as a religious propaganda theme. In reality all economic intercourse is a manifestation of some mode of power.

      Comment by Russ — April 5, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


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