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TTIP: The Suicide of Nations

September 12, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Editor’s Choice

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The TransAtlantic and TransPacific Trade and Investment Partnerships (TTIP and TTP) are trade agreements between the US and the EU conducted behind closed doors, shrouded in mystery. In this article, the author discusses what this means for us as citizens, and why we should be scared when armed with the necessary information to truly understand exactly why these “partnerships” exist.

 

The TransAtlantic and TransPacific “partnerships” are the economic and financial counterpart to Washington’s military and foreign policy push for world hegemony. TTIP and TPP are neither partnerships nor trade agreements. They are instruments of financial imperialism that, if they come into effect, subordinate the sovereignty of countries to the profits of global corporations.

The reason the “partnerships” are negotiated in secrecy without public discussions and the participation of the national legislatures is that the so-called agreements cannot stand the light of day. The reason is simple. The agreements make global corporations immune to laws and regulations that can be said to adversely impact their profits. It makes no difference whether the laws protect the environment, the safety of food and workers or are part of the social fabric. If the laws impose costs that reduce profits, corporations can sue the governments in “corporate tribunals” in which the corporations themselves serve as judge and jury.

This is no joke. Public Citizen reports that the agreements would greatly expand the privileges given to foreign corporations by the North American Free Trade Agreement under which $350 million has been paid out by governments to corporations because of costs of complying with toxic waste and logging rules, with $13 billion in claims pending.
(http://www.citizen.org/documents/Leaked-TPP-Investment-Analysis.pdf)

Economist Michael Hudson cites a British study that public provision of health care, such as the UK’s National Health Service, is a TTIP target on the grounds that not only health care regulations but also public provision of health care harms the commercial interests of corporations. (http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/11/the-dangers-of-free-trade-agreements-ttips-threat-to-europes-elderly/)

TTIP and TPP are tools for disenfranchising electorates and overturning democratic outcomes and for looting taxpayers via damage suits against governments for the costs of complying with health, safety, environmental, and social laws and regulations. The agreements place corporations above the laws of countries. The agreements have the potential of producing a worldwide sweatshop with starvation wages devoid of environmental and safety legislation.

 
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About the Author
roberts-webDr. Paul Craig Roberts attended four of the finest universities, studied under two Nobel Prize-winners in economics, authored 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals of scholarship, and published four academic press peer-reviewed books, including Harvard and Oxford Universities, and seven commercially published books. His most recent book is The Neoconservative Threat to World Order: Washington’s Perilous War for Hegemony.

 

 

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2 Responses to TTIP: The Suicide of Nations

  1. Ian Kiddle says:

    When will the sheeple realise Obama and his push to see these trade agreements finalised is simply a sellout to the big corporates He lied about wanting to see an end to nuclear weapons, he lies about American aggression in the middle east and he lies about the effect of these trade agreements

  2. bandit31 says:

    Obama is the last person to “sell out” to corporations.
    A dyed in the wool Keynesian, Obama has a profound hatred of capitalism, as much so as any writer/contributor/editor of this publication.

    As to aggression in the Middle East, this can hardly be the case. “No boots on the ground” is the antithesis of aggression. Moreover, no other president has so severely restricted the U.S. military in their options.

    One must laugh at the simultaneous criticism of Obama’s policies in the Mideast: Right wing publications (“Newsmax”) criticize Obama for too severely restricting the military with simultaneous dictums of “No boots on the ground”, and “No civilian casualties” – causing dissenting senior officers to have their careers terminated. While Left wing publications (such as this one) criticize his aggression.
    LOL !!!

    By the way, as for the artwork for this article, which would have made a great album cover for Jimi Hendrix’
    “Star Spangled Banner” (and with the same affection),
    the original flag of the colonies had 13 stars, not 12.

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