by Alex Symington…….
As so many celebrate (and rightly so) Obama’s smack down of the Keystone Pipeline project as a victory for environmentalists and a validation of the science of global warming, there is an even greater threat the president is soft peddling, yet with corporate media collusion managing to keep on the down low. This is a bit of razzle dazzle, bait and switch. While we are dancing in the streets at the death of the Keystone project Obama is quietly ushering in the impending disaster called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If passed and made law, it will neutralize laws, regulations and environmental safeguards of sovereign nations to be replaced or overruled by the interests of “Global Corporate” in the name of protection of profits. This is the biggest news you haven’t heard of for the simple fact that our fourth estate is owned and operated by the same corporate thieves feverishly working to make the TPP a global reality. It is like something out of a Mike Myers movie with the TPP being Dr. Evil, but without the comic relief!
In journalist Chris Hedges latest article on the TPP he talked with attorney Kevin Zeese of the group Popular Resistance, which has mounted a long fight against the trade agreement. Zeese told Hedges, “The TPP creates a web of corporate laws that will dominate the global economy. It is a global corporate coup d’état. Corporations will become more powerful than countries. Corporations will force democratic systems to serve their interests. Civil courts around the world will be replaced with corporate courts or so-called trade tribunals. This is a massive expansion that builds on the worst of NAFTA…”
We see this corporate favoritism already in our own fading representative government, where Corporate is well represented in congress and The People, the majority, can go to hell. Check out the link below for a viewer friendly animated graph illustrating how our congress works solely for the billionaire class and then imagine it on a global scale.
Zeese said of the TPP, “It was written by them [the corporations], it is for them and it will serve them. It will hurt domestic businesses and small businesses. The thrust of the agreement is the privatization and commodification of everything. The agreement has built within it a deep antipathy to state-supported or state-owned enterprises. It gives away what is left of our democracy to the World Trade Organization.”
The last time I wrote about the TPP the debate was whether or not to “fast track” the agreement; to vote on the bill with no provisions or alterations by congress. Obama has since signed off on the fast track last June. Chris Hedges writes, “The TPP, because of fast track, bypasses the normal legislative process of public discussion and consideration by congressional committees. The House and the Senate, which have to vote on the TPP bill within 90 days of when it is sent to Congress, are prohibited by the fast-track provision from adding floor amendments or holding more than 20 hours of floor debate. Congress cannot raise concerns about the effects of the TPP on the environment. It can only vote yes or no. It is powerless to modify or change one word.”
I feel the need to repeat that this is the biggest story that has been deliberately withheld from the American people. Six corporations own ninety percent of all media outlets. Perhaps that has something to do with it. They have had two years to report on this huge story of the TPP and its supremely adverse effects on the poor, the middleclass and the global environment, but have chosen to remain virtually silent. That in itself is a story! I am not making this up.
In Chris Hedges article he warns us in detail, “If there is no sustained popular uprising to prevent the passage of the TPP in Congress this spring we will be shackled by corporate power. Wages will decline. Working conditions will deteriorate. Unemployment will rise. Our few remaining rights will be revoked. The assault on the ecosystem will be accelerated. Banks and global speculation will be beyond oversight or control. Food safety standards and regulations will be jettisoned. Public services ranging from Medicare and Medicaid to the post office and public education will be abolished or dramatically slashed and taken over by for-profit corporations. “
“Prices for basic commodities, including pharmaceuticals, will skyrocket. Social assistance programs will be drastically scaled back or terminated. And countries that have public health care systems, such as Canada and Australia, which are in the agreement, will probably see their public health systems collapse under corporate assault.”
“Corporations will be empowered to hold a wide variety of patents, including over plants and animals, turning basic necessities and the natural world into marketable products. And, just to make sure corporations extract every pound of flesh, any public law interpreted by corporations as impeding projected profit, even a law designed to protect the environment or consumers, will be subject to challenge in an entity called the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) section. The ISDS, bolstered and expanded under the TPP, will see corporations paid massive sums in compensation from offending governments for impeding their “right” to further swell their bank accounts. Corporate profit effectively will replace the common good.”
That is an awful lot of bad news condensed into a few paragraphs, but we have been warned. If the TPP becomes law, in essence, the private/corporate billionaire class will have managed to do what no terrorist cabal could have dreamed of, let alone accomplished; destroy self-rule and democracy and replace it with a global corporate psychopathocracy.
The TPP will be the final nail in the coffin in what remains of the middle class and will seal the fate of those in hopeless crushing poverty. As the TPP is written now it makes Sharia Law look reasonable, NAFTA look like a church bake sale and the Keystone Pipeline seem like a clean-up in aisle seven.
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