I’m trying to be helpful which you would see if you read what I am pointing out. If we want to fix the mess we’re in we HAVE to do this or we’ll just keep running into the same brick wall until we’re dead.
Anyway, I am not your enemy.
Most of the things you bring up run into this specific problem, because it blocks goverments various means of fixing the vast inequality.
—quote from webwalk----
We need to do a lot more than that. We need global land reform; global wealth reform; reparations for the Grand Theft Continental, genocide and enslavement that were the foundations of colonization. We need to roll back the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny. We need to abolish the limited-liability, investor-owned corporation. We need to impose social accounting and ecological accounting superior to financial accounting. We need to democratize wealth, and we need ecology and humanity to trump economy.
And these are – literally – existential needs. The looting class, and the systems they have constructed to impose and ratify their rule, and the economy they have built to funnel more and more wealth into their tiny hands, are killing the ecology. Time is way, way beyond short, and we need to set our sights way, way beyond dismantling the global “trade” rules they are constructing.
GATS is just a recent tool of the looting class, as they try to complete their centuries-old project of colonization, privatization, and Grand Theft Planetary. The whole project – and the looting class that carries it out – need to be seen, and understood, and faced down, and dismantled, by an organized global movement of peoples who put ecology and humanity above greed and ego.
Yes, and to even begin that we need to start somewhere, this is where I think we should start.
See the links
[Public Services and the GATS
[Interpretation of Article I, Section 3 (b) and © of GATS - PublicServicesScope.pdf
Trading Health Care Away?: GATS, Public Services and Privatisation ~http://www.iatp.org/files/Trading_Health_Care_Away_GATS_Public_Services_.htm)
[New study “Model clauses for the exclusion of public services from trade and investment agreements” | EPSU] (~http://www.epsu.org/article/new-study-model-clauses-exclusion-public-services-trade-and-investment-agreements)
[GATS and Public Service Systems] (~http://members.iinet.net.au/~jenks/GATS_BC2001.html