For my entire life, one thing has been constant. If there’s a movie that mentions Big Pharma, it’s Big Pharma as evil. If there is a model for rapacious capitalism, it’s Big Pharma. Big Pharma is Big Bad.
For a little while the cool kids started to warm to Pharma when Elizabeth Holmes rocked the Steve Jobs turtleneck and flirted her way to a fraudulent billion-dollar company. Silicon Valley is cool even if it is Pharma. But that turned into a pharma-hating movie too: Bad Blood.
But now? Whoa. Suddenly the Concerned Left is all Pfizer-For-Me and JnJ Rox.
Secret contracts that eliminate liability for adverse events? Inadequate placebo-controlled clinical trials but drugs approved anyway? Ramped-up prices? Contracts with no out clause? Competing therapies discredited or outright banned? Intimate – very intimate – relationships with governments and the political parties controlling them? Share prices rising by 2,700+%?
We know the institutional Left is morally and politically bankrupt. This just makes it more obvious. Big Pharma is OK now because it provides a couple of things every Concerned Leftist and Facebook Wine Mum wants.
They want a basis for their approved class (the Clerisy, the Gentry Class, the Laptop Class, the Smart Class – there are a lot of names for the wankers) to tell the Others what to do.
And they want a reason to demonise and condemn the Others in a way that makes the Left the smart, educated, sophisticated and moral sector of society.
Control and status. The beating heart of the preening Left. Thanks, Big Pharma.