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Forum Post: Total Corporate Domination.

Posted 2 years ago on June 14, 2012, 9:43 p.m. EST by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA
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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to a controversial trade pact between the United States and eight Pacific nations that until now has remained largely secret. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. A chapter from the draft agreement leaked Wednesday outlines how it would allow foreign corporations operating in the United States to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its rulings.

The agreement is being negotiated by the U.S. trade representative, Ron Kirk, appointed by President Obama. But the newly revealed terms contradict promises Obama made while running for president in 2008. One campaign document read in part, quote, "We will not negotiate bilateral trade agreements that stop the government from protecting the environment, food safety, or the health of its citizens; [or] give greater rights to foreign investors than to U.S. investors."

AMY GOODMAN: Earlier leaks from the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement exposed how it included rules that could increase the cost of medication and make participating countries adopt restrictive copyright measures.

No one from the U.S. trade representative’s office was able to join us, but in a statement to Democracy Now!, they said, quote, "Nothing in our TPP investment proposal could impair our government’s ability to pursue legitimate, non-discriminatory public interest regulation."

For more, we’re joined by Lori Wallach, director of the fair trade group Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The leaked documents were posted on her organization’s website early Wednesday morning.

Lori, welcome to Democracy Now! Explain what the documents show and what this agreement is about.

LORI WALLACH: Well, it’s been branded as a trade agreement, but really it is enforceable corporate global governance. The agreement requires that every signatory country conform all of its laws, regulations and administrative procedures to what are 26 chapters of very comprehensive rules, only two of which have anything to do with trade. The other 24 chapters set a whole array of corporate new privileges and rights and handcuff governments, limit regulation. So the chapter that leaked—and it’s actually on the website of Citizens Trade Campaign, it’s a national coalition for fair trade—that chapter is the chapter that sets up new rights and privileges for foreign investors, including their right to privately enforce this public treaty by suing our government, raiding our Treasury, over costs of complying with the same policies that all U.S. companies have to comply with. It’s really outrageous.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/14/breaking_08_pledge_leaked_trade_doc

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[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Corporations are a mechanism for the worst of the worst people, to get in control of extreme wealth and power.

This act of corporate aggression, must be stopped. We will not tolerate a World Police State.

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6584) 2 years ago

Corporations are tyrannies..pure and simple

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYxGkFxb7f4&feature=plcp

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Hi struggle, Thank you for link. On old phone line, and can't lode video.

Corporations are killing the world. An old fiction story, has come true.

[-] 1 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 2 years ago

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Agree.

[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Why did people choose this guy in the 2008 primaries instead of choosing the guy that tried to impeach Bush? I never understood this decision.. It's really sad how much power the media and corporations have over people with their money in politics.

People need to stop being blinded by talking points and the corporate media and start paying attention to voting records and bills drafted by these candidates.

I'm really hoping to see a difference in 2016. Sadly this election is a fail or fail harder situation with the "only" 2 choices.

I'm voting 3rd party. Don't care what anyone else thinks about that. I will no longer support those that work for war and Goldman Sachs.

Dennis Kucinich 2016! - I'm allowed to dream.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Awesome video. That guy sounds like me. I've heard of Noam but I've never really looked into what he's about.

[-] 2 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6584) 2 years ago

Chomsky at Occupy Boston. Highly recommended:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZbNT62aprM

also check out this video I put together, where he explains the ideas of libertarian socialism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxYth0ktPsY&feature=plcp

yours s Andy

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Has anyone seen any of this, on main stream media?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22362) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Not I but that is what I expect from CorpoRat Media - news misinformation or out and out black-out..

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Keep everybody barefoot, pregnant, isolated, uniformed, demeaned, hungry, hopeless, uninvolved, etc.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22362) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yep - that is the CorpoRat way - brings back memories of the company store.

Welcome to Robo World.

Nope they can kill me 1st.

[-] 2 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 2 years ago

The Huffington post but thats about it.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Media blackout, is a tragedy. Corp/gov has most people, right where they want them.

[-] 1 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 2 years ago

If you can spread the word to as many people as you can.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Immigration wedge issue came up today, to divert attention.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

It's good for immigrants though so thats good right? Certainly the criminal right wing1% supporters don't want to help the immigrant 99%'rs! So it must be good. No?

[-] 1 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 2 years ago

I saw that

[-] 0 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 2 years ago

Fuck Obama ! This is a fucking disaster. It shouldn't be a surprise that we are about to all become corporate owned slaves, we do have the largest prison population in the world. Privately owned corporate prisons are around the corner - imprisoned free labor (the corporate dream)

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

The 800 FEMA/Haliburton prison camps, come to mind. Now we know what they are for.

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 2 years ago

I wish everybody would just skip work for an entire week and shout a loud message at these fascists.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4827) 2 years ago

Agree. This must be dealt with immediately. The corporations/1%, think they are going to end us, with this.