Debate Forum Right 09/08/10

Judge Frees Stem Cell Research From Federal Oppression

By Mark Luedtke

Mark Luedke

A headline from reads, “Cancer Cure Setback – Judge Blocks Funding for Stem Cell Research.” Besides being alarmist, as if a cure for cancer was right around the corner until this judge ruined it, the headline is backwards. Stem cell research will be far more successful without government funding, and if researchers are ever to unlock the potential of stem cells, they must keep the corrupting influence of government at bay.

Government money corrupts everything it touches. That’s because government steals the money that it uses to fund projects at the point of a gun through taxation. The Bible says, “Thou shalt not steal.” It doesn’t go on to say “unless you’re from the government” or “unless a majority of voters vote for it.” Thou shalt not steal. Period. Every dollar government spends is poisoned by the original sin of theft euphemistically called taxation.

With spending and regulations comes a bureaucracy that further poisons government money. That bureaucracy only exists as long as the research fails. As long as the researchers
fail to accomplish their goals, the bureaucrats enjoy cushy government jobs, they use tax dollars stolen from us to lobby for more of our stolen money year after year, and their wealth and power grow at our expense. If the research were to succeed, all bureaucrats would lose their jobs, and they would have to get real jobs in the private sector producing a product or service others would trade for in a system of voluntary exchange. That’s hard work compared to being a bureaucrat. Instead they develop further restrictions on the researchers making it impossible for them to succeed, ensuring their cushy jobs continue indefinitely which is exactly what their political masters want them to do. And as we saw with the financial meltdown, the mine collapse in West Virginia and the Gulf oil spill, regulators are inevitably corrupted by the people they’re supposed to regulate, leading to disasters that harm us all.

Eventually even the researchers themselves become corrupted by this system as exemplified by South Korean stem-cell researcher Dr. Hwang Woo Suk who was exposed for having faked many of his reported accomplishments.

The consequences of this corruption are legion. Climategate last year exposed the corruption in the federally funded Climate
Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. Since then the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been busted for fraudulently manipulating its climate data. Australian climate data is corrupt. The Canadian government recently admitted its climate data is unreliable. Cancer research, AIDS research, flu vaccination programs and every other scientific research effort funded by government is riddled with corruption because the system starts with theft. Because of decades of being poisoned by hundreds of billions of dollars of stolen money, researchers have been unable to cure cancer and AIDS. Unfortunately, government funded 63.8 percent of all research in the U.S. in 2004. That number is undoubtedly much higher now, and the result has been the thorough corruption of science and the breakdown of the people’s trust in scientists.

Stem cell researchers should be happy their work will not be corrupted and ruined by the government. As long as this decision stands, researchers will be free to pursue beneficial advances unrestricted by bureaucrats. But stem cell researchers have the same human weaknesses as everybody else, and they realize they can make a far more lucrative and easy living off funds stolen by the government than by working for funds in a system of voluntary exchange.

But Americans should be happy. If researchers are unable to fund themselves with stolen money, we can expect much higher safety standards for the research. Because the organizations funding the research and their insurance companies have profits and losses to worry about, they will hold researchers accountable for the safety of their research and hold them to high ethical and moral standards. Since government is based on theft, it has neither profit or loss concerns nor moral or ethical concerns. Government is corruption, so if government funds stem cell research, an accident or unethical research would be inevitable.

Further, without government regulations, researchers will be empowered to explore potential benefits they couldn’t with government’s boot on their necks. The result will be more valuable advances, faster, for significantly less cost.

But all this is moot. Because our laws are so complex and burdensome, they’re practically meaningless. Any judge can find a law to justify his personal opinion, so judges tend to rule by arbitrary whim, then look up a justification to fit. Very shortly some higher court or another judge will restore funding for stem cell research because of his personal bias, and it will once again become corrupted by government. We’ll all be poorer, and we’ll never enjoy the full benefits we otherwise would.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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