Rule By The Corporations
TTIP: The Corporate Empowerment Act
By Paul Craig Roberts
June 01, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - The Transatlantic and Transpacific
Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free
trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to
corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that
regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.
The first thing to understand is that these so-called
“partnerships” are not laws written by Congress. The US Constitution gives
Congress the authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without
the participation of Congress. The laws are being written by corporations solely
in the interest of their power and profit. The office of US Trade Representative
was created in order to permit corporations to write law that serves only their
interests. This fraud on the Constitution and the people is covered up by
calling trade laws “treaties.”
Indeed, Congress is not even permitted to know what is in the
laws and is limited to the ability to accept or refuse what is handed to
Congress for a vote. Normally, Congress accepts, because “so much work has been
done” and “free trade will benefit us all.”
The presstitutes have diverted attention from the content of
the laws to “fast track.” When Congress votes “fast track,” it means Congress
accepts that corporations can write the trade laws without the participation of
Congress. Even criticisms of the “partnerships” are a smoke screen. Countries
accused of slave labor could be excluded but won’t be. Super patriots complain
that US sovereignty is violated by “foreign interests,” but US sovereignty is
violated by US corporations. Others claim yet more US jobs will be offshored. In
actual fact, the “partnerships” are unnecessary to advance the loss of American
jobs as there is nothing that inhibits jobs offshoring now.
What the “partnerships” do is to make private corporations
immune to the laws of sovereign countries on the grounds that laws of countries
adversely impact corporate profits and constitute “restraint of trade.”
For example, under the Transatlantic Partnership, French laws
against GMOs would be overturned as “restraints on trade” by law suits filed by
Countries that require testing of imported food, such as pork
for trichnosis, and fumigation would be subject to lawsuits from corporations,
because these regulations increase the cost of imports.
Countries that do not provide monopoly protection for brand
name pharmaceuticals and chemical products, and allow generics in their place,
can be sued for damages by corporations.
Obama himself has no input into the process. Here is what is
going on: The Trade Representative is a corporate stooge. He serves the private
corporations and will go on to a million dollar annual salary. The corporations
have bribed the political leaders in every country to sign away their
sovereignty and the general welfare of their people to private corporations.
Corporations have paid US senators large sums for transferring Congress’
law-making powers to corporations.
When these “partnerships” pass, no country that signed will have any
legislative authority to legislate or enforce any law that any corporation
regards as inimical to its bottom line.
Yes, the great promiser of change is bringing change. He is
turning Asia, Europe, and the US over to rule by the corporations.
Only those who have sold their integrity for money sign these
agreements. Apparently Merkel, a Washington vassal, is one of them.
According to news reports, both of France’s main political
parties have sold out to the corporations, but not Marine Le Pen’s National
Front Party. In the last EU elections, the dissident parties, such as Le Pen and
Farage’s, prevailed over the traditional parties, but the dissidents are yet to
prevail in their own countries.
Marine Le Pen objects to the secrecy of the agreements that
establishes corporate rule. As Europe’s only leader, she speaks:
“It is vital that the French people know about TTIP’s
content and its motivations in order to be able to fight it. Because our fellow
countrymen must have the choice of their future, because they should impose a
model for society that suits them, and not one forced by multinational companies
eager for profits, Brussels technocrats bought by the lobbies, and politicians
from the UMP [party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy] who are subservient to
It is vital that the American public also know, but not even
Congress is permitted to know.
How does it work, this “freedom and democracy” that we
Americans allegedly have, when neither the people nor their elected
representatives are permitted to participate in the making of laws that enable
private corporations to negate the law-making functions of governments and place
corporate profit above the general welfare?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He
was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators
Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have
attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.