Occupy the TPP: Stop the Global Corporate Coup!
Trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists from the United States and throughout the Pacific Rim will be meeting at a fancy resort in Leesburg, Virginia outside of Washington, DC from September 6 to 15 to advance the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement — an transnational corporate power grab that would affect the economy, the environment, public health and democracy itself for decades to come.
U.S. negotiators have granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists access to the negotiating texts, but have flatly refused to tell the public what they have been proposing in our names. In fact, they don’t intend to tell us what they’ve been working on even after the deal is signed and completed.
Leesburg is a long way from DC, dunno if I can go or not.
While this is a common theme in polite circles, it is ridiculous on its phase. Globalization has been by design. Ever hear of the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA etc.? These are carefully hammered out deals that determine which sectors will exposed to more competition, which sectors will see increased protection (e.g. pharmaceuticals and Disney), and which sectors will largely be left alone.