Ha Joon Chang: ‘increasing corporate power is at the heart of TTIP’
Ha Joon Chang, author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide explains that TTIP is not about ‘free trade’ – trade is already more-or-less free. TTIP is about helping corporations to sue countries if they dare to do anything – anything at all – that can be shown to get in the way of corporate profits.
We have to stop TTIP, as it will strengthen corporate power in almost irreversible ways.
Please watch the video below about the results of similar trade deals in Canada, and share it with anyone you think might be interested – it’s very important, because we’re not going to get these kinds of documentaries on mainstream TV, for obvious reasons.
And please think about becoming involved with the fight against TTIP – go to Stop TTIP UK, or if you’re not in the UK, there will be similar organisations in your country.
Countries will be sued if they do anything to protect their rivers, beaches or forests; if they do anything to protect public health or safety; or if they do anything to help small, local businesses in their country; and also, unbelievably, if a country introduces a minimum wage!
And if you’re really interested, here is more information about what to expect from TTIP, after Greenpeace Netherlands leaked a large amount of text from the secret negotiations. Well done Greenpeace – how dare the corporate sector try to keep these negotiations secret from us.
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