Corporations Incorporated? TPP.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is something of a clandestine assignation of corporate lawyers, lobbyists and heads of governments who are writing the legislation for founding its dynasty; this is a union of serpentine style nuanced avarice.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is something of a clandestine assignation of corporate lawyers, lobbyists and heads of governments who are writing the legislation for founding its dynasty; this is a union of serpentine style nuanced avarice. It is the secret of corporations, which is greedily being withheld from the general populace, that in and of itself, is something to be pretty disturbed by. It only really came to the fore when Wikileaks released documents on it pertaining to its intellectual property rights. These rights were employed to safeguard the content; the Agreement being a device in which to increase the profits of “Big Pharma”; Tobacco and Alcohol industries; Genetically Modified Foods; Media Conglomerates and all those facets of society which have huge implications for and impacts upon the human race, collectively. Packaged as medium to aid in economic growth and job creation, in truth is yet another tributary of globalisation. The leaked cables illustrate that, contrary to its purported concern regarding freedom of trade, it actually seeks to undermine the freedom of trade currently in operation. The TPP is not concerned about trading rights, rather its true objectives are the interests and rights of investor capitalists. Therefore, as Noam Chomsky states, it’s yet another Neo Liberal tool, much like the World Trade Organisation, which sets out to give corporations dictatorial dominance over the working classes, aiming to pit the working population against each other in competition, in an effort to lower wages, increasing feelings of instability, uncertainty and vulnerability; in turn creating the precariat – precarity, which is an existence devoid of security or predictability, affecting monetary and psychological welfare – thereby maximising profit for the corporatist elite.

What this Agreement does is largely the opposite of what one assumes takes place in the free market – the cornerstone of a healthy market is competition, to ensure and protect against monopolies or a dominant corporation dictating the climate of trade and enterprise; one assumes there is a framework in which to issue regulation to serve against a concentration of power and influence in the marketplace – however, the TPP is a vehicle in which to strengthen the power of technological monopolies. Public services in the European Union are very much under threat from the proposed trade deal, thereby undermining and eradicating the fabric of our basic human rights, such as the right to water. The EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deal with Canada and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would undo a governments’ right to regulate public services, therefore their sovereign right to rule and instead, hand that power to corporations. Colin Todhunter asserts: “Big business has successfully lobbied against the exemption of public services from CETA and TTIP as both agreements apply to virtually all services. This effectively limits the governmental authority exemption to a few core functions, such as law enforcement, the judiciary or the services of a central bank.”

If the curtain remains closed and all these trade agreements continue to be shrouded in mystery, one can only imagine what it will mean for the future of our economies, so too, the consequences upon climate change, in addition to the  partnerships with fossil fuel companies who will likely have the autonomy to augment regulations in their favour, with absolute impunity. What we know about these agreements is hopelessly lacking in regard to the true picture of what the deals encompass and how they will shape our existence. One must countenance the notion that these developments will not advance society, moreover, that these are rapacious, aggressive measures that will further enslave people to the ideologies of “corporations incorporated”.

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