The United States has been the undisputed superpower for decades, whose influence extends throughout the entire world. However currently in the light of the decaying American economy, the continuingly accruing –already exorbitant- debt and the rise of new superpowers trying to take over the dominant position, the US is starting to act like a cornered cat to try to consolidate its dominance. Not just using the, for everybody obvious way of war, but mostly by using economic measures and installing economic treaties.
The Obama administration rushes to enter into as many free trade agreements as possible with as many countries and partnerships as possible, while they are still the “upper party” so they can assert their dominance during the negotiations. Everything to assure that in the case of an economic collapse of the US, or in case of a growing dominant position of the Chinese and/ or Russian economy, the US has already economically tied so many countries to itself that it can remain the absolute undisputed superpower and countries have to remain living and obeying their rules and measures.
As most of us already know, the US is being ruled by the corporations and Wall Street. They for example determine who is going to be the next president. They are eventually the ones who benefit the most from these free trade agreements and they are the ones who instigate them.
Europe has been under the US shroud since the end of the Second World War. Among others by instating the Marshall plan. Through the EU the power of the US is extended with every country willing and able to join the EU. European nation states have given up their individuality, autonomy and national sovereignty years ago to become a sort of America light version. America’s influence and culture can be seen and noticed everywhere around us. If the US says jump the EU only asks; how high, where and when.
The EU has lost a big part of its global market share throughout the last couple of years; they however remain an important business partner because of its international influence and big number of potential consumers. Because of the disappointing Euro and the global financial crisis, there is not a single doubt in the mind of the EU and its rulers to dive in head first into the trade agreement. Any reservations from their side are simply spurious and only meant to please the peoples and the skeptic parties. Through the Lisbon treaty (which the Dutch people among others voted against) the European commission has the power to decide for all the member states without any of the individual states interfering.
The new to form free trade agreement between the US and the EU is the TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
There is practically already free trade between the EU and the US. The reasons for this treaty are a bit more obscure than meets the eye. Although the EU and the US are still in the stage of negotiations and it’s not perfectly clear the treaty will pass, past experiences make it pretty clear that we can expect this or a likewise treaty to pass in the nearby future.
Despite the fact that we in the EU live under the flag of so-called freedom and democracy, the negotiations for the TTIP treaty, an agreement that concerns us all, are covered with a shroud of secrecy. The entire process of negotiations is covered in a thick layer of mystical smoke and for most people it’s thus not clear what kind of negotiations these are, what they’re about or what the treaty would mean to us. It wasn’t until things began to leak to the media, the negotiators came forth with the fact that they were in fact negotiating. Nowadays the negotiations are again covered in shades, because they will make sure these things disappear from the mainstream media again or no attention will be given to it. As soon as nothing is in the news, people don’t care that much anymore. This however doesn’t mean that the negotiations aren’t full speed ahead, just nobody cares.
If any bit of news about the negotiations happens to leak, it is immediately covered with the propaganda cloak. The treaty should supposedly create more jobs, give our economies a boost and it would be positive for all of our nations in general. This of course has to be propagated because otherwise there would be a lack of social and/ or political support, which might result in protests or up rises. The elite group that is in charge wants to postpone this social unrest until the treaty is ratified and implemented, thus making it inevitable. The peoples could know what is going on, but they want to remain in the dark, they want to believe in our politicians best intentions, they want to believe in our so-called freedom and democracy. However earlier trade treaties the US corroborated have proved otherwise. Also the EU farce should have opened the eyes of the peoples. The rich are getting richer and that is the only benefit. Why would this treaty be any different, or go any different?
The purpose of the TTIP treaty is to conjoin the economies of the EU member states and the US economy and therewith regulate them. However merging these two markets causes the good qualities of each individual market being annihilated and the worse qualities being adopted by both. The odds of the EU adopting the protectionism of the US market are zilch, nor will the US adopt the consumer protection laws of the EU. Although as mentioned before, because of the current dominance of the US most adjustments will be on the side of the EU and the US will probably have zero to none changes made to its current market, they will remain fully in charge of their own market. In other words, the US will probably continue as they are and the EU has to adapt, without taking in any of the good qualities of the American market (namely the protectionism).
There is only one clause that we can practically be certain about that it will be a part of the final treaty, because it has been a part of every single treaty the US has closed the last decades. Namely; the investor-state dispute settlement. This simply means that companies have the opportunity to summon individual states –who are subservient to the TTIP treaty- before secretive arbitrary courts –which are made up by corporate lawyers-. These courts are above the national courts, which makes sure that governments are obliged to consent to the arbitrary courts verdicts without any accountability, explanation or proclamation to its people. Governments under the TTIP treaty have no power or say whatsoever and they have no opportunity anymore to protect the people, nature, welfare, jobs etc. So far our supposed democracy, with the TTIP treaty it is definitively traded in for a corporatocracy. Steps have already been made to sue countries such as Germany because they want to stop using nuclear energy. The costs of these by company’s instigated lawsuits can become enormous for governments, which causes social and environmental legislations being toned down and taxes being raised.
From the get go of the negotiations the TTIP treaty has been written by lobby groups, which makes them very proud and they boast about it to each other. The companies with the most money and willing to spend it, and the companies with the vastest lobby groups are the ones with the most power and say within the TTIP treaty and the concerning negotiations. They can thus largely decide the contents of the treaty.
The commission responsible for the negotiations has so far had 600+ meetings and consultations with representatives of the large companies and industries while at the same time only 5 to 8 such meetings and consultations took place with peoples representatives or social groups. The latter ones most likely are being told much different things than the companies are being told. This once more shows where the pith of the matter in the negotiations is. It should be for all to see that despite the sweet talk, this treaty is nothing but trouble to us all, and it will only benefit the interests of the big companies and big industries. This treaty has never been about the interests of the people, only the interests of the companies and their possibilities to avoid existing regulations. Earlier free trade agreements instigated by the US have proved this time and time again; like NAFTA.
Our national governments are big accomplices in the matter. They try to –completely unjustly- hide behind the negotiation mandate they gave the European Committee, however they never hold this committee accountable for its actions or take away its power.
The European Committee responsible for the negotiations has promised individual member states that it wouldn’t compromise European standards in consumer safety and environmental norms; however history has proven over and over again that when it comes to promises, Brussels never keeps them. They are already negotiating about it. They are empty rhetorical promises that are worth nothing in the long run. They are only meant to serve as negotiating tactics, because Europe as the weaker party need to put something on the table, they don’t want to go belly up immediately. American negotiators as well as their European counterparts have already stated that mayor changes have to take place in the EU to meet the American demands.
The TTIP treaty is going to put its mark on every possible area of our societies. From the obligation to have bigger military spending, to the obligation of drilling for shale gas (fracking), to mandatory GMO’s and cloning, to the mandatory introduction of SOPA and PIPA.
A good example of this is: The main negotiator for the US about agriculture and cattle farming for this treaty is the former Monsanto lobbyer Islam Siddiqui. This should be a red flag to all of us. The use of antibiotics and growth hormones is common in the US. The last few years the EU has however taken steps to downsize their use, mainly because of the continuingly increasing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Also the use of (supplied by Monsanto) herbicides and pesticides are more than common in the US. The cultivation of GMO’s is also more common than exception in the US. Cloning is also used widespread throughout the US. In the USA fewer farmers have more land at their disposal than farmers in the EU have. Because of all of this, this treaty will be the dead sentence to European farmers; they can never, no matter how hard they try, compete with the US farmers. The treaty not only opens the door to the European market for, among others, chlorine washed chicken meat, acids bleached veal, GMO’s sprayed with the vilest stuff etc. it kicks the door clean out of the groove.
Fulfilling the EU dream
This treaty also gives the EU the possibility to fulfill long treasured desires. For example: the EU has been trying to privatize the water supply for years. They have already been successful in countries stricken by debt with the trojka. However the rest of the EU member states haven’t already caved under pressure. This treaty takes away any form of free will or option from the individual member states.
To control and maintain the compatibility of current and future legislation the EU and the US will form a permanent legislative cooperation council. This council will judge from local to national legislations to see if it perhaps affects or will affect international trade. The peoples in the EU and the US have no say whatsoever about this council or its members. This means that current and future legislation will be made and implemented outside of any public cadre. The only ones of any affluence will be the corporate lobbyers, lawyers and negotiators. Corporate fascism thus seizes all control and power. This will only result in more deregulations, liberalization, the destruction of current legislations and the prevention of future legislation that don’t fit the multinational and oligarch agenda.
Just like with the NAFTA treaty and the GATT treaty (the WTO predecessor) at no point in the process of negotiations and closing the deal, there will be any public consultation. This treaty however goes further than the negotiators at the NAFTA and GATT treaty could have ever imagined.
And so we finally see the vile true face of this free trade agreement. The ultimate goal is to consign the little bits of our national sovereignty we have left to the whims and fancies of the biggest multinational conglomerates of the world. It gives multinationals and oligarchs hugely bigger property rights over the peoples and the countries, than any domestic company, community or individual (besides perhaps the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers of this world) could ever have or obtain. It also creates a hegemonic legal system that enforces and harshly vindicates these superior rights. Only the threat of lawsuits against countries will have the national governments trembling. All power is seized and transferred into private hands, who can’t be taken into any accountability by the peoples.
Despite all the pretty mesmerizing words the politicians are trying feed us that liberalization provides better products and cheaper services, the truth has caught up with the lie a long time ago and liberalism has already shown its filthy true face to the public. Anybody who doesn’t see this is either blind, blinded or someone who profits from it.
The former European social model is on the fast track towards extinction, the participation society is almost a fact. As it looks like right now the negotiations about the TTIP treaty will be finalized at the end of this year. This will be the last and definitive nail to our coffins. As soon as the treaty is finalized, we will only be consumers and producers and we will never ever become more than just that. The global corporatocracy will be in full effect.
The EU commission has already proclaimed in a memo that the TTIP treaty purports the most far reaching changes in the European societies: “ IT’S THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A NEW WORLD ORDER: U must know that in this negotiation process it is about much more than just a conventional trade agreement.”
It should be clear to all of us that this treaty preludes the final decisive battle in the, already for decades, ongoing class struggle of the ruling class to obtain full power over the proletariat and the middle class. Multinationals and oligarchs have won each and every battle so far, with the conscious complicity of the political class. If we don’t stand up as a conjoined front now and fight for our rights, we have lost for ourselves and for all future generations.