Sound analysis, Mr. Johnson.
“Corporations get a special channel for enforcement; labor organizers get murdered. That’s how power is shifted.”
It’s also shifted to criminalize whistle-blowers with onsite reporters/journalists and environmentalists increasingly being mowed down.
Power of the sort that’s now coalesced into a relative few corporate hands (profoundly assisted by militias of all sorts, private mercenary armies, included) has no obligation to answer to anyone.
In response to this closing comment:
"Unfortunately, TPP will be no different from previous trade agreements that ignore these priorities and approach trade the same old way: by focusing on corporate goals and giving special rights to corporations at the expense of workers and consumers.”
I think matters are worsening. Just as the novice criminal entered into a community of more sophisticated criminals (during years spent in prison) learns to improve his criminal capacities, corporations have learned from NAFTA and CAFTA. Now, having created the ruse of using their own consortium of attorneys to arguably arbitrate clauses between nations, the trespassers will get to DEFINE what justice (as enforced) will mean.
TPP and TIPP are worse than travesties.
Just as Monsanto’s monopolistic use of bio-genetic seeds has led to the ACTUAL suicide of thousands of farmers in India, these trade pacts guarantee further suffering, suicide, privation and anything BUT justice. And Obama pretends they are Progressive!
When leaders can lie nations into war, find language inversions used to justify torture, re-engineer economies to ensure that the poor suffer more while the rich get richer, how hard is it to LIE straight-faced about global trade pacts?