In my wildest dreams, I envision Fidel and Raul Castro refusing to honor foreign patents. Think of it: dream dirt, fertilized by oxen and horses since the USSR collapsed in 1991. Cuba lost its oil source and its sugar market at the same time. Cubans almost starved, so Fidel invested in the improvements necessary to life: food and health care. As a result, he has grown generations of healthy, self-sufficient individuals.
Because of ongoing US spitefulness, in the form of trade embargos, torturing operations, and general scapegoating, Cubans have been forced to remain stuck in time, before tools were made of plastic, before bulldozers and pavement planted thermals in over-heated cities.
Much to United States’ embarrassment, the Castro team has proved that Cuba can survive and prosper without US help.
Hahaha. Well, if Cuba refused to honor foreign patents, Monsanto and Dow/Dupont’s stockholders would poop in their pants. Patents are hot commodities, a bloodfest for lawyers, who win either way the FDA blows. I’ve read that up to 80% of America’s corn is already mutated, so the time for labeling is long past. Just assume it’s patented food until otherwise proven.
Cuba could then thumb its nose at the FDA, whose nose is up its ass. (I know this because FDA recommendations stink. I’m horrified at the succession of FDA-launched food scares, intentional panic-creation with too little or misleading information.)
Beware the patent industry, is all I gotta say to the Castros’ Communal Capitalists, who believe the product is its own patent. Let the lawyers and government do the paperwork on their own time.
Also, don’t let them trap you into debt. Eminent domain all foreign assets, including Guantanamo Bay, and especially assets held by corporations like Pfizer, Walmart, and McDonalds. Use the reclaimed land to pay off any debt, then party with unpatented drugs, and drink to everyone’s health and wealth.
The more I think of it, the better it sounds. As America drowns in its environmental toxins, it continues to churn out more of them, with no thought of tomorrow. I think about the growing cesspool of “unintended consequences” now. I also hate seeing deformed birds, strangled porpoises, and sickly babies that “progress” (downhill fast) is bleeding us to pay for. Cuba is relatively plastic and packaging free, I hope, at least so far. Let’s hope they can keep it that way.
Cuba: A New History, by British journalist Richard Gott, was published in 2004. I reviewed it on this blog 10/22/15.
In 2005, Harpers‘ published “The Cuba Diet: What will you be eating when the revolution comes?”, by Bill McKibben, April, 2005. The following month, the ecologist came out with “Cuba: Health Without Wealth,” by Brendon Sainsbury, June, 2005.