Yesterday, the New York Times headlined a business article about that perennial point of contention: drug company patents.
This article is a fine example of journalists accepting framing that constrains possible understandings of the issues involved. The writers could have improved their grasp of the competing interests here by considering the viewpoint in a free e-book by economist Dean Baker, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. Consider this:
My emphasis. Just because enterprises have long been organized in a familiar fashion doesn't mean that this is the only way. The patent system is a social invention; if we chose, we could try other incentives. In the book, Baker suggests alternative spurs to innovation that don't involve monopoly profits for a few companies or exclude the world's poor from access to drugs.
Not only can Baker's book be freely downloaded at the link above, you can even get it as a free audiobook here.