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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Terrible Plutocratic Plan

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Terrible Plutocratic Plan
Thanks to Michael Feikema and Doug Hendren for inviting me. Like most of you I do not spend my life studying trade agreements, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is disturbing enough to make me devote a little time to it, and I hope you will do the same and get your neighbors to do the same and get them to get their friends to do the same — as soon as possible. I spend most of my time reading and writing about war and peace. I’m in the middle of writing a book about the possibility and need to abolish war and militarism. I hate to take a break from that. But if we think trade and militarism are separate topics we’re fooling ourselves. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, a big fan of the supposed wonders of the hidden hand of the market economy says, “The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. Of course, there’s nothing hidden about that fist. There is also, of course, nothing hidden about the hand of corporate trade agreements. § Destroy family farms

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