March Against Monsanto

Why would the Tarrant County Libertarian Party participate in a "March Against Monsanto"?  (Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 p.m., General Worth Square, Downtown Fort Worth)

Because that's where a crowd is going to be !!!  We'll be handing out flyers and spreading the word about the Libertarian movement. 

And seriously....  Monsanto developed some hybrid life forms.  That's not problem for many of us. 

Monsanto wanted a monopoly on these plants and started suing people who used "their" seeds without their permission. 

One of Monsanto's former lawyers, Clarence Thomas, was appointed to the Supreme Court, where he eventually wrote a majority opinion in a 2001 lawsuit, stating that "newly developed plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patent laws of the United States". 

Sorry, Clarence, but if someone purchases a John Grisham novel and then re-sells it to Half-Price Books, that individual can't be sued because he didn't mail John Grisham a check. 

The same thing goes for purchasing, and then re-selling a car, a stapler, or Beyonce's Greatest Hits.  It's called the "First Sale Doctrine". 

The Tarrant County Libertarian Party Executive Committee believes that corporations shouldn't "own" life forms.  Where would it end?  Farmers have been planting, growing, and then re-using their seeds for ten thousand years.  Clarence Thomas and Monsanto should not be allowed to interfere in that process. 

Hope to see you there, Saturday May 25th, General Worth Square, 900 Main Street.  It starts at 1:00 p.m.  Go to the open area north of the Fort Worth Convention Center.  Look for the old hippies and passionate Gen-X'ers.

I own me.  You own you.  And if you grow some soybeans, you have a right to do what you want with the seeds.  It really is that simple. 

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