Is the TPP Dead? Have We Won?

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Note:  The social movement opposed to the TPP has done an excellent job stopping the current version of fast track introduced by Sen. Max Baucus.  This week Baucus will be confirmed as the new US ambassador to China and Sen. Ron Wyden will take his place. This creates a new risk.  Sen. Wyden is a believer in corporate trade agreements. His constituents call him a “Free Traitor.”  He has said he did not support the Baucus bill but we understand he may be working on a ‘new and improved’ fast track.  This could be the greatest risk that we face in stopping fast track and stopping the TPP.  We need to be clear to all members of Congress NO FAST TRACK is acceptable.  The Constitution has the appropriate balance between Congress and the president.  We need the full checks and balances of Congress over ObamaTrade.  So get ready for the next round — NO FAST TRACK is acceptable. KZ

An interview with Kevin Zeese, organizer with Flush the TPP and Popular Resistance.

It has been 20 years since NAFTA, (North American free Trade agreement) went into effect with the promise of more equality, more jobs, and a better, more prosperous and peaceful world for all of us.

Given that NAFTA has contributed to a world that is a negative image of what was sold to us, it is no surprise that the global elite and the Obama administration have been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership in secret.

While the corporately controlled mainstream media ignore the implications of the TPP story, independent media and activists have come together as part of a growing movement of movements to organize, educate, and resist the fast track authority so important ant to the Obama administration.

Have we won? Is the TPP dead?

  • blm1242

    Listening to Mr. Zeese brought up two point for me. Yes it is about the economy and yes it is about a neo-liberal plan to form a world order based in multinational corporations best interests rather than in peoples and our planets best interests. What became apparent is that both of these points, capitalism as seen by corporations and multinational corporations making the rules that govern commerce, rests firmly on the shoulders of government. Governments around the world have become so beholding to mega-money that they expand, secure and justify the hijacking of power away from most of the world citizens. Government has become the enemy of the people. Without the help of government The Ruling Class have very little say in what happens economically. Government become the “economic hit men” for corporate take over of foreign countries.

    Government is on trajectory away from it’s democracy mandate to serve the needs of the people it is suppose to serve. The Ruling Class has bought and sold politicians a bill of goods they are now unable to stop. Government now serves the rich and pays lip service to it citizens. Government was suppose to be the protector of civil and individual rights and it now serves only its own selfish needs. Military in service to the Ruling Class. Government in service to the Ruling Class. The courts in service to the Ruling Class. Democracy must be restored before it is to late.

    • Janine Rickard

      Phew, I thought you were going to say something about abandoning the voting process and creating a new alternative system, as I find myself engaged in discussions with people who, imo, have limited information and tend to see government or the state as the problem. I argue as you seem to do that it is the oligarchical influence on government that is the problem, not the institution itself.

      • blm1242

        Janine, The more I notice the more I begin to see that government has been so influenced by money, power and control that government itself has become the enemy that we, the people are constantly battling. Government, how we do elections, forums so that citizens have constant input into government, and true transparency would be a good start for reform. That institution, government, that is suppose to be serving the citizens has become our oppressors operating under the control of multinational corporations. Our only weapons are coherent thinking and noncompliance. Thanks for you concerned comment. ben

        • Janine Rickard

          I think our weapons or tools, are really much bigger than that…solidarity with others is the number one tool, we are not alone in seeing this, nor are the tactics to address it all of one flavor. Educating ourselves, our friends and our associates, taking it to the streets (I’ve just joined 15Now.org- demanding a $15/hr minimum wage), voting, and campaigning and also looking within ourselves for the seeds of greed, hatred, corruption, hipocrisy, these are just some of the tools we can use to change things for the better.

          Millions and millions of people, from across the political and non-political spectrum see the corrupting influence of money in politics and are addressing it in the ways they see fit.

          see movetoamend.org for one well-organized solution.

          Cheers, Ben,

          in solidarity, Janine

          • kevinzeese

            Good discussion. Elections are probably the least valuable form of activism. I agree that the first job is education — helping people to see the reality around them and lift the veil of the myths they hear on the media and from politicians. Second, mobilizing people for the many causes that exist because of the corruption of government by the rule of money. Also, showing people how the various issues are linked.

            Politicians are stuck in the election game — even though we get choice of corporatist A vs. corporatist B in managed elections, they want to hold onto power. So, right now, we have a lot of power since it is an election year and both parties are unpopular with their political base. That is why 40,000 phone calls and 600,000 emails urging no fast track for the TPP is having an impact. See http://www.popularresistance.org/stop-fast-track-over-40000-phone-calls-600000-emails-to-congress/

          • Janine Rickard

            Kevin, I read your link, excellent comprehensive reporting on the incredible success of the TPP protests. Your piece remided me of so many great organizations I’ve heard of over the years because you listed so many.

            President Obama claimed that 98% of our exporters are small business, but I’m guessing that the 2% that are not account for a huge percentage of the actual export revenue. Do you have a handle on the distribution between American small business and big business (defined as businesses with 500 or more employees, right?) of:

            1. Employment in and outside US
            2. Revenues in and outside US, domestic and exports revenue
            3. Profits in and outside US
            4. Any other interesting metric

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