Samara O'Shea

Could You Patent the Sun?

I saw the movie Capitalism: A Love Story on Friday. I like Michael Moore. I do. If, for no other reason, he pushes buttons and he gets us all talking about important issues we may not have paid as close attention to otherwise. What I am most grateful for regarding Capitalism is that I was introduced to Jonas Salk. He created the vaccine for polio. Moore was lamenting that there aren’t more people like Salk in the world. I’ve heard President Obama say this too, that’s is sad because so many would be doctors and engineers choose to work in finance instead because they have so much debt when they get out of school. I agree that it’s sad, but I don’t know where to begin to solve the problem. Hopefully, the president has some ideas! In the meantime, this text is from Wikipedia on Salk:

He further endeared himself to the public by refusing to patent the vaccine for his personal profit, as he wished to see it disseminated as quickly and as widely as possible and patenting would have hampered this. When asked who owned the patent, Salk replied: “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

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