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Trans Pacific Partnership: Corporate Escape From Accountability

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The TPP is likely serving many agendas. As we learn more, the motives behind the TPP will become clearer. From my perspective as an economist and former member of government, the problem with Ron Kirk's TPP is that the agreement is constructed to serve private, not public interests. Kirk is a public official charged with serving and protecting the public interest. Yet, he has conspired in secret with private interests to produce a document that exempts private corporations from public accountability.

There is a paradox here. While financial corporations and now all corporations are being made independent of government, US citizens have lost the protection of law and are now subject to being detained indefinitely or murdered without due process of law. Corporations gain an unimaginable freedom while citizens lose all freedom and the rights that define their freedom. Similarly, foreign countries, which as members of TPP can be exempt from US law, are subject to "pre-emptive" US violation of their air space and borders by drones and troops sent in to assassinate some suspected terrorist, but which also kill citizens of those countries who are merely going about their normal business.

Perhaps one way to understand TPP is that the US government is now extending its own right to be lawless to corporations. Just as the US government today is only answerable to itself, the TPP makes corporations answerable only to themselves.

Public Citizen's analysis of TPP can be found here, and the leaked document here.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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A great piece of journalism and analysis, informin... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 12:29:39 PM
  On August 13, 1961 the Berlin Wall was ere... by Hugh Campbell on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:58:51 PM
act on the mistaken (IMHO) premise that natural re... by intotheabyss on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 5:01:44 PM
"Powerful US ideological, private, and government ... by Jim Miles on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 6:41:52 PM
just stinking, mammoth, brute injustice!A more com... by Laura Stein on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 7:33:23 PM
Mr. Roberts states: "Many will interpret the TPP a... by E. J. N. on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:23:03 PM
Roberts writes, ". . . the agreement gives every c... by Nancy F. Langworthy on Sunday, Jul 8, 2012 at 7:46:32 PM
Remember the Security and Prosperity Partnership... by 911TRUTH on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 11:34:54 PM
See above - I need to find a way to delete my comm... by Jim Miles on Sunday, Jul 8, 2012 at 3:50:28 PM
Sounds to me more like NO World Order!  Unles... by Robert P. Philipps on Sunday, Jul 8, 2012 at 3:54:14 PM
This is but another example of how rats do their d... by Dennis Kaiser on Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 8:22:56 AM
Thanks for the information, and for your intellige... by Maxwell on Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:25:22 PM