WHEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY...

WHEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY KILLS. As DAS noted in comments below if you wanted to really do something difficult and dramatic to help Africa (mosquito nets being quick and easy) what you'd want to do is revisit the pharmaceutical patent issue. The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, TRIPS, is the devil's own policy initiative and its entrenchment into the WTO multilateral process is one of the least-heralded, most pernicious things done policywise in my lifetime. But don't take my word for it. Listen to hard-core free trader Jagdish Baghwati.

--Matthew Yglesias

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