Thursday, June 10, 2010

The FDA: Who Else Will Keep Us Safe?


I’m surprised how frequently, even my libertarian-leaning friends, put blind trust in the FDA. “How else will we know what medications are safe, Eric?” “How else will we know what food is safe, Eric?”


As if the guardians of information are limited solely to the federal government. And as if the FDA is magically impartial – without any social or economic pressures to green-light certain products and red-light others.

C’mon.

Fortunately, the FDA’s connection with Monsanto – the world’s leading provider of both herbicides and the genetically-engineered seed made to resist them – is getting more and more publicity. But, that’s just a drop in the bucket. BPAs. Phthalates. Things companies in other countries have willingly gotten rid of decades ago. We keep using them. Why?

Because if the FDA says they’re ok, they must be.

Editor's note: The "two-headed monster" illustration which debuted yesterday and is used above, is part of a theme we're going to start developing here at THL- that the grotesque amalgamation of private corporations, like Monsanto or BP, with their counterparts in Washington D.C.'s welfare, warfare, and regulatory regimes create a sort of "two-headed" monster. We used to have a name for this kind of arrangement- fascism. Eric's piece above is a perfect example of fascism in America.



By: Eric Olsen, Regular Columnist
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