Acknowledging The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
I am steeped in the sweatshops of the 1800’s, in London’s backwater streets, in masters and slaves, in the magnificient rule of the mighty. I crush those that oppose me.
And now I come in the guise of free trade, in the Trans Pacific Partnership, the TPP.
I give corporations the right to sue national, state and local governments if any law, regulation, or court ruling interferes with “expected future profits.”
To my delight and without you knowing, Bechtel sues Bolivia for refusing to privatize its water supply, unlocking the door to similar suits throughout the world, placing that most precious resource into my hands.
After the Fukushima disaster, a Swedish energy company sues Germany when she enacts a moratorium on nuclear power. You shall never possess free energy.
In June 2012, the French firm Veolia sues the Egyptian government for raising the minimum wage. You shall work for inadequate wages.
By my hand, TPP will protect Big Pharma’s patents, restrict and eventually eliminate access to generic medicines. You shall ingest my medicine.
More than 600 of my “corporate advisors” such as Chevron, Halliburton, Walmart, Ford, GE, AT&T, Cargill, Pfizer, and the Semiconductor Industry Association will insure that taxpayers must pay monetary damages to those that you wrong by your carelessness and wrong-minded beliefs. To my most lovelies, my corporate bodies, shall you pay and pay and pay.
Shall there be no end to our rule or to our magnificence? Surely, you jest.
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom