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Sovereign Corporations Occupy The Commons Through Trade Deals

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The "Fourth World", as defined by Anthony J. Hall in The American Empire And The Fourth World, is a sustainable model of globalization that respects cultural, economic, and environmental pluralism, as it embraces globalized democracy, and the rights of self --determination. It represents trajectories towards Life and the rule of law, but needs to be allied with an effective apparatus of enforcement.

The current corporate globalization that is imposing itself on the world contradicts these Life forces. It imposes itself internationally through illegal wars of aggression, fascistic governance at home and abroad, extremism, abrogation of rights and freedoms, denial of self-determination, war, poverty, and death.

An increasingly monolithic and globalized supranational governance is imposing itself through corporate sovereignty deals (inaccurately labelled "trade deals"), supranational dispute tribunals, transnational financial institutions, financial services bundled with predatory Structural Adjustment Programs, and totalitarian, anti-democratic trajectories.

This Orwellian world, that is achieving its ascendancy through stealth, cloaks itself in the language of human rights --- free trade agreements, humanitarian interventions -- as it denies freedom and humanitarianism, domestically and internationally.

International Financial Institutions enable monopoly monocultures that displace indigenous peoples, and embed asymmetrical economies, when they should be enabling Life forces of biodiversity, and sustainable living.

International laws and agreements are seen as obstacles to overcome, as corporate sovereignty deals drive foreign policies that create and enable compliant proxy dictators who open countries to foreign investment, and mega everything : from mineral extraction, to agribusiness, to tourism.

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Predatory business models -- often advanced through wars of aggression, are "free" of proper regulations, and against the will of informed populations, -- all for the perceived benefit of international investors, who are further protected by Investor-State Dispute mechanisms embedded in corporate sovereignty agreements.

A recent case in Canada highlights the supremacy of corporations over elected polities:

Janet M Eaton, PhD explains in a report entitled," Digby Neck Quarry Bilcon Case, Tribunal Decision and Dissent" that a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)Investor-State Tribunal overturned the decision made by a Canadian Federal Provincial Environmental Joint Review Panel (JRP).

The corporate supremacy over elected polities, as described in her report, underscores the danger of a host of additional corporate sovereignty agreements currently being negotiated behind closed doors:

Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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Increasingly, this unsustainable, predatory model of globalization needs to protect itself from those who exercise their rights and freedoms (previously taken for granted), and so police state legislation is being introduced globally to an array of countries that still pretend to be democratic: Canada1, France2, Australia3, the U.S4, the U.K5, Germany6, Italy7 and so on.

As police state measures ramp up, so too does the propaganda, but the propaganda does not restrict itself to concentrated corporate media messaging. Institutions, such as universities -- once thought to be the exclusive domain of the public --- are increasingly being compromised, and the "market place of ideas" is fast becoming a box store of uniformity with a restrictive, externally-imposed agenda.

Toronto's Munk School of Business is one such example. In an article entitled, "Neoconning the public", Anthony Hall explains that,

"(the) Munk School Director must satisfy Peter Munk -- and, after his death, the trustees of Munk's estate -- that he or she is meeting predetermined academic and "branding" guidelines. The U of T's adoption of these conditions sets very unfortunate precedents for the corporate sponsoring of other academic institutions."

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