Sunday, July 2, 2017

Using modern medicine is cultural appropriation,

Using modern medicine is cultural appropriation, too. The movement to ban “cultural appropriation” has reached the United Nations, and it’s nothing less than an attempt to claim intellectual property over a culture, writes Pierre Guy Veer:
“It is rather ironic that those Natives would only want to ban ‘appropriation’ of ‘their’ culture. Why not push it to its logical conclusion and call for a ban on all cultural appropriation? This means that they would have to forgo every single technology that was imported from the rest of the world since 1492. In other words, they would have to abandon mathematics, writing, any form of metal casting, currency, all languages not originally from Pre-Columbus America, modern medicine, etc. […]
“Besides, they have the concept of property wrong. Property implies a physical object like a house or clothes you bought or made yourself. It is as old as human civilization and is scarce. Intellectual property, on the other hand, is a monopoly granted by governments to keep someone from using something that is never scarce: ideas. This has given rise to questionable practices like patenting genes (struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013) to keep anyone from researching it for a given period of time. Or the constant lobbying from the Disney Studios to keep Mickey Mouse from falling into the public domain – he would have in 1984.” [Foundation for Economic Education]
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