Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
ludickid

Good/bad

The bad news: as I've discussed (say, in the most recent installment of Ludic Lists) recently, the purpose of the Iraq war has turned out not to be safeguarding America, liberating Iraq, deposing Saddam Hussein, controlling weapons of mass destruction, or even securing a cheap source of oil, but rather creating an ultracapitalist free-market blank slate on which corporations can operate without regulation, government intervention, or even common sense. Iraq has essentially become a state-sanctioned neoconservative corporate paradise with the aid of the invasion. And the latest manifestation of this is that, thanks to intellectual property laws so strict that they surpass even American ones, Iraqi farmers are not allowed to grow crops using seed stock from their own previous crop if they are deemed to be a proprietary variety. This means that for the foreseeable future, all farmers in Iraq will be required by law to purchase their seed stock from conglomerates like ADM and Monsanto, even if they are essentially paying for their own production crops from the previous growing season.

The good news: four-day weekend!
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