(Article changed on January 25, 2014 at 01:51)
is the second part of a five-part series: Sleeping
Through the TPP Coup: Why a Trans-National Corporate Power Grab That
Hurts Almost Everyone Is Arousing So Little Outcry
The first part of this series introduced the Trans Pacific Partnership "trade deal" scam, identified its potential dangers, as well as the dangers of allowing it to be "fast-tracked" through Congress. It also posed the question: why have activists had so much difficulty raising the mass awareness and mass outrage that the TPP threat warrants?
This part draws on social psychology paradigms to explore some potential answers to that question.
Social psychology, in a nutshell, is the study of how social influences and related psychological processes affect people's behavior, thoughts and attitudes. Though social psychology offers powerful conceptual tools for making sense of our social world, it cannot provide a definitive answer to the question of why anti-TPP resistance leaves so much to be desired. No social psychological theory can ever reliably explain a single historical event because all historical events tend to have confounded multiple causes. All I can do is provide some scientifically-based scaffolding to your speculation on these questions.