Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 99

Trading Away the Future

EPPThis week, the 159 nations of the WTO are meeting in Bali to try to push through the long-stalled Doha Round of trade talks aimed at establishing a global trade agreement. Simultaneously, efforts are moving quickly ahead on two 'mega-regional' trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - involving some 12 countries of the Pacific Rim - and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - involving the EU and US. These agreements amount to massive corporate coups, undermining democracy and establishing highly protectionist policies and rules for the benefit of transnational corporations. These '21st-century trade agreements' - as Barack Obama has referred to them - are re-shaping the world order, setting the rules and standards for all future such agreements, and are attempts by the Western powers to continue to dominate the global economy.

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  1. Good work, as usual, Ag. Perhaps in another upcoming talk you could tell us a little more about the actual composition of these groups who meet and opaquely design a bigger and slicker Fascist system for the globe. Who essentially are these people? I don’t envision any real heavyweight elitists attending these events. It does not appear like a Bilderberg “happening”(i., e., the theater of the decadent, vile absurd). One sees, rather, clusters of trade reps, NGO groups with $$ agendas, some politicians sprinkled here and there with a large amount of smiling technocrats. These people have been given their marching orders are merely doing their employer’s bidding. Nothing immoral, certainly. Just another step towards a controlled spied-on planet. Nothing happening here.
    I think because I’ve seen so much ravage and unintended consequences by the surge and realpolitik off “civilization,”, my views may seen cynical. For me however, when one studies brute fact regarding humanity’s complex and deeply contradictory nature, along with the acknowledged physics of entropy always increasing, there seems little chance of stopping the inexorable move to some twisted Fascist global, even a post nuclear planetary surface run by some feudal form of corpratocracy. Such large beasts of Fascism go by one of Machiavelli’s ideas: “It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.”
    But as Camus noted, “in the face of the absurd, one should act”(paraphrasing.) Onward into that cold Canadian night, my young man.

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