Why So Secretive? The Trans-Pacific Partnership as Global Coup
Andrew Gavin Marshall, Guest Post
November 25, 2012
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most secretive and â€śleast transparentâ€ť trade negotiations in history.
Luckily for the populations and societies that will be affected by the agreement, there are public research organizations and alternative media outlets campaigning against it â€“ and theyâ€™ve even released several leaks of draft agreement chapters. From these leaks, which are not covered by mainstream corporate-controlled news outlets, we are able to get a better understanding of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership actually encompasses.
For example, public interest groups have been warning that the TPP could result in millions of lost jobs. As a letter from Congress to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk stated, the TPP â€świll create binding policies on future Congresses in numerous areas,â€ť including â€śthose related to labor, patent and copyright, land use, food, agriculture and product standards, natural resources, the environment, professional licensing, state-owned enterprises and government procurement policies, as well as financial, healthcare, energy, telecommunications and other service sector regulations.â€ť
In other words, as promised, the TPP goes far beyond â€śtrade.â€ť
Dubbed by many as â€śNAFTA on steroidsâ€ť and a â€ścorporate coup,â€ť only two of the TPPâ€™s 26 chapters actually have anything to do with trade. Most of it grants far-reaching new rights and privileges to corporations, specifically related to intellectual property rights (copyright and patent laws), as well as constraints on government regulations.
The leaked documents revealed that the Obama administration â€śintends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations,â€ť as Obama and Kirk have emerged as strong advocates â€śfor policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.â€ť
In other words, the already ineffective and mostly toothless environmental, financial, and labor regulations that exist are unacceptable to the Obama administration and the 600 corporations aligned with the TPP who are giving him his orders.