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Fri Jun 12, 2015, 12:29 PM

Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The TPP’s language is complex, but its result would be simple: more corporate power, and less democratic control.
by Peter Rossman ~ 5/13/15

Critical public debate on President Obama’s coveted Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had been undergoing an important shift in the buildup to his failure yesterday to secure “fast track” authority. Opponents of the trade deal being secretly negotiated between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam have moved the discussion beyond its putative impact on jobs and growth and closer to the agreement’s broader ramifications.

A recent letter to congressional leaders by well-known legal experts and economist Joseph Stiglitz points out that the treaty’s investment enforcement mechanism, investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS), has been used “to challenge a broad range of policies aimed at protecting the environment, improving public health and safety, and regulating industry.” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has raised similar concerns, and Paul Krugman has written that the TPP “is not a trade agreement. It’s about intellectual property and dispute settlement.”

This widening of the debate has shifted it into areas that reflect at least some of the concerns long voiced by labor, social movement, and environmental activists. However, the TPP is about much more than intellectual property and dispute settlement.

Focusing exclusively on legal aspects of ISDS obscures the larger corporate project embedded in the TPP and similar treaties deliberately and misleadingly branded as “trade” agreements (like the European Union-US TTIP, which is also now being negotiated in secret). At the heart of the project is a drive to expand the already considerable reach and power of transnational investors by restricting governments’ regulatory power and opening up vast new areas for private investment ...

Much more here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/05/trans-pacific-partnership-obama-fast-track-nafta/

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Fri Jun 12, 2015, 12:37 PM

1. If one were to line up every critique of TPP, even if you left out the heavy weights on it..you

could likely pave a mile.

My congressman Jim Himes is one of the sell outs. No matter what I said to him
via e-mails, when he responded it was mostly bullshit and has not responded to
any of my comments since then. I sent links from Stiglitz on down, never addressed
those defined objections.

What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Really All About?
http://baselinescenario.com/2015/06/04/what-is-the-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-really-all-about/

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Fri Jun 12, 2015, 02:08 PM

2. K & R

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