The Trans-Pacific Partnership: NAFTA on Steroids

October 10th, 2013 by Andy in Corporations, 'Democracy' & USA Inc.

Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? It’s been called “NAFTA on steroids” and is one of the most sweeping pacts to be forwarded in international affairs. It is a treaty that will effect practically every facet of your life.

The TPP is one of the most important political issues facing us today, and its also one of the most secretive and unknown. And the fact that people haven’t heard about it is a very conscious strategy on the part of global corporate and financial power. Another conspiracy theory? It’s a conspiracy, alright, but unfortunately its no theory.

This would rewrite wide swaths of our laws. And again, it’s mainly not about trade. So, if we have this agreement in effect, for instance, it would be a big push for fracking. Now you would say, “Why fracking?” Because it doesn’t allow us to have bans on liquid natural gas exports. Or, if this were in effect, we couldn’t ensure the safety of the food we feed our families. We have to import, for instance, fish and shrimp that we know, from the limited inspection that’s done, is extremely dangerous from certain kinds of growing ponds that are contaminated, etc., in some of the TPP countries. Or, for instance, some of the financial reforms where the banksters were finally regulated would be rolled back. All of this, and it would be privately enforceable by certain foreign corporations.

Read more on it from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen here, and please help spread the word. There are a series of other good websites dealing with this issue, as well, such as Expose The TPP and Global Trade Watch. This interview with Wallach on Democracy Now really needs to be seen by as many people as possible.

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