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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:26 AM

Dragging Secretive Trade Talks Into the Light: Activists Expose Slow-Motion Corporate Coup

http://www.alternet.org/world/dragging-secretive-trade-talks-light-activists-expose-slow-motion-corporate-coup


Leaders from member states of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement.
Photo Credit: Government of Chile/Wikimedia Commons

While the election season seized everyone’s attention, government officials and 600 official corporate “advisors” were working behind closed doors to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Negotiations have been cloaked in unprecedented secrecy and its proponents have mislabeled the TPP as a “free trade” agreement. In reality, the TPP is about much more than trade. It threatens a stealthy, slow-motion corporate coup d'etat, formalizing and locking in corporate rule over most aspects of our lives.

Thirteen years ago, at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Seattle Ministerial, a similar threat in the form of a massive expansion of the powers and scope of the WTO was stopped.

At the Battle in Seattle, the immovable object called grassroots democracy was victorious over the allegedly unstoppable force of corporate-led globalization. The “Doha Round,” which followed two years later and continued the attempt to expand the WTO’s reign, was also derailed thanks to tenacious campaigning by organizations and activists worldwide.

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Reply Dragging Secretive Trade Talks Into the Light: Activists Expose Slow-Motion Corporate Coup (Original post)
xchrom Dec 2012 OP
dballance Dec 2012 #1
Bibliovore Dec 2012 #7
Mojorabbit Dec 2012 #21
AzDar Dec 2012 #2
djean111 Dec 2012 #3
ReRe Dec 2012 #4
fasttense Dec 2012 #5
djean111 Dec 2012 #9
FredStembottom Dec 2012 #11
IDemo Dec 2012 #18
Trillo Dec 2012 #19
annabanana Dec 2012 #6
marmar Dec 2012 #8
byeya Dec 2012 #10
bvar22 Dec 2012 #12
pampango Dec 2012 #22
bvar22 Dec 2012 #24
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2012 #13
leftstreet Dec 2012 #14
arikara Dec 2012 #15
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2012 #16
progressoid Dec 2012 #17
limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #20
Initech Dec 2012 #23

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:38 AM

1. So Let Me Get This Straight

The UN treaty on disabled people based on the US's ADA and with no enforcement provisions would be an unprecedented intrusion into US sovereignty and state's rights. But the TPP is a great deal despite the fact it would allow corporations new and unprecedented powers to ignore or invalidate laws in the member countries including the US.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:50 AM

7. That sums it up nicely.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:10 AM

21. Exactly! nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:50 AM

2. K & R

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:03 AM

3. This where the phrase "corporate shill" comes into play. n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:24 AM

4. K&R

...marking to come back and read later today.....

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:28 AM

5. The TPee-Pee will make farmer's markets illegal.

Or at least make them open to litigation by foreign corporation because they encourage local produce and NOT foreign made products as well.

In the eyes of multinational corporations, farmer's markets are everything that they hate. They keep the money in local communities. They encourage local purchases over foreign or corporate purchases, they give local communities self determination and control.

If the TPee-Pee passes, any state or country which in anyway encourages farmer's markets can be brought to tribunals for litigation to determine what amount of possible future profits the farmer's market may have taken from the corporation. If the corporations wins, which they probably will because what local farmer's market has the money to defend itself against an army of lawyers, then farmer's markets will have to go away or the state or country will face a huge fine. Then the people will have no other choice but to buy Monsanto poison laden crops and their monstrous GMO products.

The TPee-Pee will give our sovereignty to corporations and the Teabaggers are all in favor of it.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:55 AM

9. So, evidently, is Obama.

I expect that things like farmer's markets will sneeringly be called ponies and unicorns.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:00 AM

11. That's horrible but....

I can hardly think of a more radicalizing outcome than shutting down farmer's markets!

People of all walks of life will definitely notice!

I almost feel like, yes, please, shut down my farmer's market. Do it.

And reap the whirlwind of a few million Americans understanding this Free Trade shit for the very first time.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:25 PM

18. When do they come after backyard gardens?

If I grow a few tomatoes, I've stolen food from the mouth of a Monsanto investor's baby, haven't I?

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Response to IDemo (Reply #18)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:14 PM

19. They're coming after them in California right now.

The assertion is to Save the Citrus industry. Citizens are asked for their "cooperation".

What California is doing is finding Asian Citrus Psyillids in traps, and then spraying around those areas all the citrus with a pyrethroid as well as drenching the ground around the tree with imidacloprid. This latter is implicated in colony collapse disorder, as it is a long-term systemic insecticide.

Once the bees are reduced in numbers, the only folks that will be receiving "pollination services" are those that hire beekeeper's colonies.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:46 AM

6. Strongly encourages outsourcing of US jobs.

Very discouraged to see the Prez front and center.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:51 AM

8. k/r

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:45 AM

10. From what I've read TPP is worse than NAFTA(which is horrible). Why give up control over

 

the USA's economic life?

$$$ and Important People I guess

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:38 PM

12. One can NOT be FOR more "Free Trade",

and be Pro-LABOR or Pro-American Working Class at the same time.

The two positions are Mutually Exclusive.

Sorry Virginia,
but there is no such thing as "Free Trade".
There is no such thing as "Free Markets".
And there is no Giant Invisible Hand."
The RICH made that shit up to get MORE MONEY,
and used Smooth Talking politicians to sell their SCAM to gullible Americans.

"Free Trade" demands absolute, blind faith submission to an invisible, magical deity who promises utopia if all of his laws & dictates are followed.
Like other religions that demand Blind Faith Belief, this one is a scam too.

The Graven Image on the altar...

...or the New Church of the Giant Invisible Hand.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:22 AM

22. Tell that to FDR who lowered tariffs and set up the low-tariff trading system for

the post WWII world. He pushed for the United Nations and his Bretton Woods conference in 1944 set up the IMF, World Bank and the GATT (which evolved into the WTO). He believed in multilateral control of international trade and finance to decrease the power of nationalism to create problems between countries.

I suppose FDR was not "Pro-LABOR or Pro-American Working Class at the same time" that he lowered the high tariffs that the republicans handed him in 1933. If high tariffs make a political party "Pro-LABOR or Pro-American Working Class" then the republican administrations (Harding, Coolidge and Hoover) from 1921 to 1933 fit the bill, while Woodrow Wilson, FDR and Harry Truman were the exact opposite.

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Response to pampango (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:43 PM

24. THAT is a bit-of-a-leap

The World's economic situation was much different immediately following WW2 than it is now.
The World was being divided up among the "Winners", basically Russia (Communist) vs the West (Capitalism).
The creation of the IMF and the World Bank were simply an extension of the WAR into the World Economic Realm,
another "weapon", AND it was an effective one.


"The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were created at the end of World War II by the U.S. and British governments. During the war the business classes of Europe were either supporting the Nazis, getting their banks and factories bombed into oblivion or they fled Europe with all the money they could carry. On the other hand, socialists, communists and anarchists had high credibility because they were the leaders of the Resistance to Nazi occupation. In order to prevent leftists from coming to power in western Europe, it was crucial to U.S. and British elites to get the business classes back into power. This required international institutions that would promote capitalist policies and strengthen the power of the corporate sector.

The World Bank focused on making loans to governments in order to rebuild railroads, highways, bridges, ports and other "infrastructure", i.e., the parts of the economy that are not profitable for private companies to build so they are left to the public sector (the taxpayers). After an initial focus on western Europe the World Bank shifted its lending toward the third world.

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The unwritten goal of the IMF and World Bank was to integrate the elites of all countries into the capitalist world system of rewards and punishments. The billions of dollars controlled by the IMF and World Bank have helped to create greater allegiance of national elites to the elites of other countries than they have to their own national majorities. When the World Bank and IMF lend money to debtor countries the money comes with strings attached. The policy prescriptions are usually referred to as "structural adjustment" and they require that debtor governments open their economies up to penetration by foreign corporations, allowing them access to the workers and natural resources of the country at bargain basement prices.. Other policies imposed under structural adjustment include: allowing foreign corporations to repatriate profits, balancing the government budget (often by cutting social spending), selling off publicly owned assets ("privatization") and devaluing the currency."

http://www.globalexchange.org/resources/wbimf/origins


At the time these organizations were created, they were effective Tools-of-War.
They should have been dismantled in the 60s, or at least restructured to bring them under the control of governments and accountability to The People.
Trying to blame FDR for the out-of-control monsters that these organizations have become is not sound reasoning.
SEE: Historian's fallacy
SEE: Fallacy of the single cause

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:42 PM

13. Anonymous have been shouting against the TPP for months and months.

 

And anti-TPP protesters were just attacked by cops this week in New Zealand. Article on that in Occupy Underground.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:50 PM

14. DURec

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:55 PM

15. Chairman Harper is trying to ram through a similar agreement

with China, giving them unprecedented powers to take over Canada. They will be allowed to hold court hearings in private and out of the country over provincial and municipal decisions that *could* affect their profits.

These bastards are relentless.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:58 PM

16. K&R for the latest shit sandwich we're all supposed to take a big bite of with a big smile.

 

All because he has a 'D' after his name.

We will have a chance to pressure Congress to reject this later, however.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:53 PM

17. I'm afraid the coup has been successful

with help from a lot on "our side".

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:15 PM

20. oh my.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:37 AM

23. The Koch Roaches won't be satisfhied until they're supreme overlords of the universe.

They and the rest of these billionaire terrorists should be in federal prison for their crimes - this is getting fucking scary out there, and I'm afraid we're being played for chumps.

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