Just Because You’re Forced to Pay For It Doesn’t Make It Yours

Statists often claim that the government is necessary to fund research that private interests won’t. While I entirely disagree with this at least most of the statists have the decency to also state any research paid for with public funds should be made freely available. Unfortunately for statists the state doesn’t agree:

THROUGH the National Institutes of Health, American taxpayers have long supported research directed at understanding and treating human disease. Since 2009, the results of that research have been available free of charge on the National Library of Medicine’s Web site, allowing the public (patients and physicians, students and teachers) to read about the discoveries their tax dollars paid for.

But a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last month threatens to cripple this site. The Research Works Act would forbid the N.I.H. to require, as it now does, that its grantees provide copies of the papers they publish in peer-reviewed journals to the library. If the bill passes, to read the results of federally funded research, most Americans would have to buy access to individual articles at a cost of $15 or $30 apiece. In other words, taxpayers who already paid for the research would have to pay again to read the results.

This is the only result of the statist ideology. Unlike libertarians, statists believe government is benevolent and will work for the benefit of humanity. In truth the state believes that the people are peasants who exist only to serve those in charge through labor and taxation. Those in power are the only ones who benefit from statism, we individuals are merely forced to pay for it.