James Love

Recent Articles

The Other Drug War

Universal health care reform demands that we finally control skyrocketing drug prices.

For several decades, the pharmaceutical industry has benefited from a combination of government intervention and laissez faire: the federal government provides stringent intellectual property right protections and generous public subsidies for research-- but does not regulate drug prices. As a result, the United States has been a leader in the development of new drugs, but it also faces the highest drug prices in the world.

Democratizing the Data Banks: Getting Government Online

The advent of online access to large-scale information systems from personal computers and telephones has radically altered many everyday activities, from using a credit card to making an airline reservation. The same technology may now change the relation of citizens to the state, if advocates of an electronic gateway to government data banks succeed in establishing a new principle of democratic access, not simply to government information, but to government information systems.