What Ottawa doesn’t want us to know about the TPP
The folks in Ottawa would have us believe the TPP is no more than another free trade deal that is going to bring wealth and prosperity to the nation; nothing could be further from the truth. It is many things to many people, but one of the most critically important and what we hear nothing about is its role in modern warfare.
The world is now afflicted with endless warfare and militarism. Where the military wars are meticulously propagandized by Western politicians and our utterly corrupted mainstream media(MSM) there is little mention of the economic warfare that is ongoing. This economic warfare comes in the form of the TPP, the TTIP and the TISA.
These so-called free trade agreements must be seen in the context that they are economic warfare. The US, as the world’s sole superpower, has the stated goal of complete world domination (Wolfowitz Doctrine, PNAC). Two countries now stand in the way of that goal: Russia and China. They are under siege by the US and marked for destruction, economically, and/or, militarily as necessary.
The TPP is part of Obama’s Asian Pivot announced in 2011. Militarily, this means the deployment of up to 60% of the US Navy(the world’s largest navy and equivalent to the world’s next thirteen navies combined). Its deployment serves to harass China on the high seas, threaten its shipping lanes, challenge its sovereignty over offshore islands and build more US bases; much as it did during WWll to defeat Japan. These new stepping stone bases are aimed at the conquest of China. In response, China has been forced to build up its military capability and has gone so far as to announce it does not rule out a nuclear first strike option- which has long been the private preserve of the US. The US is still the only country to have used nuclear weapons against another country.
The TPP serves to put China under economic siege. Pacific Rim countries are being conscripted as captive satellite economies, controlled by the US, to shut out and isolate China economically.
To claim that Canada and other nations are going to benefit from the TPP is simply beyond belief and the historical evidence is obvious for all to see, -should we choose to embrace the truth. These agreements, under the auspices of the US government, are birthed by the global corporatocracy, in service to global corporatism. We are well aware of the negatives of NAFTA which have never been addressed, and the hollow promises of politicians to re-open it. Now we have “NAFTA on steroids.” The US is never going to sign on to a trade agreement where it is not the chief beneficiary.
The operating system of the global corporatocracy is free market neoliberalism as the means by which they take control of countries, steal public assets, gut their social fabric, and impoverish whole populations.
Under the dictates of neoliberalism the only democracy allowed is that of the marketplace where corporations are allowed to do as they wish, when they wish, and where they wish. The erasure of nation states is the first priority, as wealth is privatized and debt socialized.
As Robert McChesney observes, “the neoliberal system, therefore, has an important and necessary byproduct-a depoliticized citizenry marked by apathy and cynicism.”(1)
McChesney also states, “Neoliberalism works best when there is formal electoral democracy, but the population is diverted from the information, access, and public forums necessary for meaningful participation in the decision-making.”
Yes, the Canadian government offered such forums on the TPP where it promised openness and transparency. What was missing though was a commitment to integrity as it was apparent from the outset the forums were perfunctory and ratification would follow.
Canada is an easy target for neoliberalism; a country with “formal electoral democracy,”… and a population diverted by a corrupted MSM and a hapless government.
One of the greatest victories for neoliberalism is to lead people and whole governments into believing there is no alternative, this is the natural order of the world. In too many cases governments have been bought off, threatened, intimidated economically and militarily-where “persuasion” doesn’t work NATO steps in.
Governments have abdicated too much power to neoliberalism and the TPP, TTIP, and TISA are the coup de grace for nation states that sign these agreements. They are betraying their populations and resigning their sovereignty. What they see as the unassailable thrust of neoliberalism is really a lack of political will on their part. Neoliberalism is only possible where governments are willing to sell out their populations and be acquiescent to its demands.
Ironically, these agreements arrive at a time when the wheels are falling off the neoliberal bandwagon. Its destruction of national economies and the world economy is palpable, as is it’s ability to manufacture global poverty. They also arrive at a time when there is growing public awareness of the folly of neoliberalism, and there is increasingly active opposition to it in the form of the Brexit vote in Britain and the European opposition that derailed CETA.
Canada’s year old government promised real change, but like its predecessor is just another neoliberal toady. Not only has it not delivered, it is poised to betray the country on an issue fundamental to our existence. Ratification of the TPP will increase its already apparent redundancy and the blocking of any ability to deal with major issues like climate change. It will be left to deal with minor issues according to the dictates of the neoliberal corporatocracy.
Canadians are being held hostage by a government in abdication; a government obedient to the corporate interest while forsaking the public interest.
It remains for Canadians to rescue our country’s future. How determined are we to derail the TPP?
(1)From the introduction to Noam Chomsky’s Book, Profits Over People. McChesney not only provides an excellent definition of what is neoliberalism, but also the devastating effect it has on nation states.