The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will soon be over and multi-national corporations will reap the rewards.
By General Maddox.
There are Twelve Asia-Pacific nations currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) which is said to be the largest Free Trade Agreement in the world, when its finalized that is. The main concern is the lack of transparency. Citizens of the countries involved, journalists, not even your own elected government representatives are allowed to take part let alone see the documents of the trade deal. Of the very few that have, they’re made to sign confidentiality agreements, no copies can be made, they have a time limit to view them, no phones or recording devices can be taken into the room and no notes can be taken. Yes, it’s that secret.
Bits and pieces of the TPP agreement that have managed to be leaked to the public via outlets like Wikileaks from insiders show intended changes to intellectual property rights and patent law that only benefit large corporations rather than consumers. And that’s exactly what this and most of the trade deals are all about… corporate greed.
But does this actually surprise us? Sadly, No. The public has become acclimated to being screwed over for profit. Trade deals like the TPP ultimately mean less jobs for us and cheap goods flooding the market resulting in a loss of business for home grown companies. Less jobs means less money to spend. And when people have less money to spend they are forced to choose cheap imported goods.
What’s the solution?
Perhaps encouraging the public to only buy “Australian Made” from “Australian Owned” companies via effective marketing campaigns will benefit our businesses and help turn the tide? It might and that should always be encouraged.
However, the corporate lobbyists and multi-national conglomerates that DO have access to the TPP negotiations are one step ahead.
It’s called the ISDS. Investor State Dispute Settlement. A provision in the TPP that will allow foreign investors to sue the government when laws or regulations are created which harm their profits.
A government funded program promoting buying “Australian Made”, under the TPP, could be seen as damaging to corporate profits for foreign investors and result in massive lawsuits and compensation claims that the Australian Government would be beholden to pay.
This is just one scenario. The TPP is a venerable can of worms sitting inside Pandora’s box.
So what IS the solution?
Stand up and voice our concerns? Scream at our politicians until they listen? Vote out the current government and vote in representatives that won’t sign the deal? Maybe.
The TPP, if not signed, will look to be dead. But do zombies have a pulse? Unfortunately the TPP will not be dead and buried. A trade deal this big will go through. The social engineers of our society, those that sit on top of the pyramid, want this deal to go through. No matter what name it goes by. It will simply be resurrected. Unless you stop it!
Is there really a solution?
I know what you’ve read so far doesn’t sound encouraging but where there’s a will there’s a way. At present there simply isn’t enough people aware of what’s going on (on many levels but let’s focus on the TPP). Creating more awareness and waking people up is the key to stopping destructive deals like this being signed. When the majority of us know what’s going on, the minority start to listen.
Encourage friends to join social media groups about the TPP, sharing videos like the ones below, sharing articles like this, talking to family and friends about it, write letters to our representatives, take part in anti-TPP rallies, etc etc. Until a critical mass is reached on issues like this we will continue to be under the sole of the corporate boot.
Literally, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
The solution is you.
Please watch and share great videos like these below.