Descriptions and predictions about the global economy that are found in the media usually come from leading advocates and beneficiaries of this new order: corporate leaders, their allies in government and a newly powerful centralized global trade bureaucracy. The visions they have offered us are unfailingly positive, even utopian: globalization will be a panacea for our ills. Shockingly enough, the euphoria they express is based on their freedom to deploy, at a global level – through global free trade rules and through the deregulating and restructuring regimes – large-scale versions of the economic theories, strategies and policies that have proven spectacularly unsuccessful over the past several decades wherever they’ve been applied. In fact, these are the very ideas that have brought us to the grim situation of the moment: the spreading disintegration of the social order and the increase of poverty, landlessness, homelessness, violence, alienation and, deep within the hearts of many people, extreme anxiety about the future.
===The Case Against the Global Economy: And for a Turn Towards Localization ( )
First step, according to the incoming WTO game rules, the members nations were to be forced to open their borders, to grant the right to operate freely within those borders to other nations, and to eliminate national grain reserves. Grain reserves were no longer to be the dominion of independent nation-states. They became property, to be managed by the “free market,” by private, mostly American mega-corporations, in other words, corporations running the world markets.
Agreements such as GATT and NAFTA have subtly destroyed national economies by putting them under the imperatives of world commerce and globalization without borders. Globalization is a top down concept, which means that the farmers – the people, who actually put the food on our table – are wiped out and replaced by giant multi-faceted corporations, which strive to control the production and distribution of food. During the last two decades, millions of farmers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, and Argentina have been wiped out. For example, in 1982, the United States still had 600,000 independent hog farmers. Today, that number is less than 225,000.5
GATT, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and every such binding agreement has helped spawn ghettos and shanty towns in cities throughout Latin America, Asia and Africa by creating conditions that force people off their land, while elite take over the means of production.
William Engdahl writes in The Seeds of Destruction: The WTO rules assert that nations must eliminate food reserves, eliminate tariffs on food imports and exports, cease intervening to support their domestic farm sector – all under the imperial rationalization that such nation-serving measures would be ‘trade-distorting’ practices, which would impede the free-market ‘rights’ of the globalist corporations.
In the face of mass death, through starvation, through lack of food, recall what the core WTO liturgy is: Nations must not keep food reserves, because this would be trade-distorting. Nations must not attempt to be food self-sufficient, because this would deny their citizens the right to access the world market.
This policy serves to directly undercut the purpose of a government to promote the general welfare of it’s citizens, and it furthers the intent of the corporate imperial system, to drastically reduce world agro-industrial potential and create conditions for depopulation.
==TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction (Estulin, Daniel)
What a dance. What acting in a Kabuki dance of playing opposition to a process and a treaty that is the antithesis of democracy and of American sovereignty!
It is a charade for public consumption. This round was “won” by Obama’s and global fascist opposition not by rationality, but politics and by politicians who ultimately will perform as required. Not to the wants of the majority of voters they are theoretically subservient to, but the iron laws of capital. The corporate lobbyists that are expressions of the will of transnational capital and the über-rich that control it, require their flesh and will receive it.
A game is being played, but the ultimate outcome is relatively certain–unless there is a greater urgency to the world-wide and American opposition to the TPP and it’s trans Atlantic counterpart. The rights of the American citizen to not have to pretend that they are nothing but slavish proletariat’s in the global pool of labor fodder, but to actually have rights defended by their “democratically” elected representatives, to not be so placed, is a quaint myth of an America long past. Capital, control and power all unrestrained by the old notions of nations bound by place that is the game that is afoot. Who do you think will win this game?
The power of top interlocked 100 transnational corporate enterprises is overpowering, for they own most our privatized, securatized and indebted world. And now the world’s dominant new caste, the transnational capitalist class, “Davos man”, one with all of its agents of globalized homogeneity from the IMF , World Bank, OECD, and many others, backed by the increasingly transnational coercive forces of NATO and the American military are dictating the rules and enslaving, starving and destroying the personal sovereignty of every citizen of every nation on earth.
NEW YORK – The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of equals: the US effectively dictates the terms. Fortunately, America’s “partners” are becoming increasingly resistant.
Mr. Obama‘s trade agenda took a punishing hit in the Senate from his own party on Tuesday, but the trade legislation is certain to be back on the Senate floor and will perhaps make its return very quickly.Almost as soon as Democrats succeeded in blocking the Republican effort to open the long-awaited trade debate, leaders of the two parties began private talks about how to resurrect the legislation. And Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, offered concessions on his push for restrictions on currency manipulation. At the same time, pro-trade Democrats made their way to the White House to plot strategy with the president on how to move forward even though all but one of them had just voted to filibuster the measure.Democrats said they believed they would ultimately get a better legislative package because they held together on the first test vote. But they also seemed eager to get the fast-track bill back on course.
And it seemed unlikely the party’s pro-trade senators, rattled by their need to explain why they voted against trade legislation they supported, could be persuaded to keep holding out against debating the legislation. With most Democrats anticipating that the measure was destined to pass the Senate despite Tuesday’s messy legislative battle, party officials said they might even try to move rapidly to gain more time to press legislation the party was more unified on, such as the need for a new highway bill and a National Security Agency overhaul. Republicans were frustrated but held the door wide open on trade. While they often emphasize that it is a major priority of the president’s, it is also a top issue for them and their business allies. They were not about to give up on what could be their chief economic accomplishment this Congress.
A compromise on a trade bill is still possible and would be good for the American economy. (So says the administrations mouthpiece, the New York Times)
Source: Trade Wars in Congress
Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is joining his son Michael at the family’s consulting firm, Waxman Strategies, Politico reports. He joins the long list of retired members of Congress and senior staff who have stepped directly from public service into the influence industry.
Although Waxman has a mandatory one-year cooling off period before he can register as a lobbyist, he is considering the move, according to Politico. Meanwhile, there’s nothing that would keep him from immediately participating in the firm’s strategy sessions.
A database, complied by OpenSecrets.org and the Sunlight Foundation, catalogs all of the senior staff and members whose lobbying ban’s have just expired, their post-Congress employment, and lobbyist status. The data tells the story of a vast revolving-door system in which the lines between lobbyists, “advisors,” and government employees is at-best blurred.
Former lawmakers and staffers are coveted by lobbying firms because of their access to their former colleagues.
Part of what makes Waxman’s move notable is his experience as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. “[He] was legendarily aggressive in his role as the Democrats’ chief inquisitor” wrote The Washington Post when he retired. Waxman attacked revolving door politics on several famous occasions, including the investigations into Jack Abramoff’s relationship with the White House, as well as Halliburton’s contracts in Iraq.
“I wouldn’t want a firm to represent something I didn’t agree with,” Waxman told the National Law Journal this week in discussing the move. “There are many special interest groups that I often found myself opposed to in my congressional career.”
“The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.” – George Carlin
After the disgusting example of politicians of both spineless parties bowing down before Wall Street, the military industrial complex and corporate interests this weekend with the passage of a bloated pig of a spending bill totaling $1.1 trillion, how can anyone not on the payroll of the vested interests not admit there is only one party – and it serves only the needs of the wealthy business interests. Obama, champion of the common folk, signed this putrid example of political corruption and corporate capture of the American political system. For all the believers who voted for the red team in the November mid-terms, this is what you got – a bipartisanship screwing of the American people.