The Transpacific Partnership has certainly had a bad billing from the left and labor. To listen to them, you would think that the TPP was Satan on steroids, and that big business was steamrolling the monster over Congress, and there was very little that anyone could do to stop that. But then -- you'd be wrong.
In one of the most dramatic and little understood wars over the fate of the American Empire, the imminent demise of the TPP will certainly be a watershed that may only be appreciated after a while. Because the death of the TPP really does give a solid indication that American power is slipping out of our grasp. And the manipulators of Pax Americana have begun their losing streak.
First, a bit of wonky explanation is needed regarding the TPP and what is proposed by it. The Trans Pacific Partnership is being secretly negotiated by as many as 23 different countries meeting in Utah as we speak. The representatives of these countries are not ordinary civil servants though. In fact, they are represenatives of major multinational corporations. Disney, Intel, Nike, you name it. The boys doing the hammering together of the TPP are errand boys for multinational capital in every sense of the word.
And yet. A curious constellation of events appears to be targeting both the TPP and TAFTA, The Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement. TAFTA is expanding America's free trade status to the European Union. The goal of the multinationals is to make a simulacrum of world government through multinational domination. Now mind, you. Given the constellation and monetary throw weight behind TPP and TAFTA, it is certainly possible that the whole kit and kaboodle could be greased through Congress -- just as previous free trade agreements like the Urugauy Round, Doha Accords, and NAFTA were greased.
TPP and TAFTA could supercede any federal, state, or local law. It is unclear how much this would apply to workers' wages. But in areas like land use, environmental regulation, and a whole host of other areas now totally the province of local control -- there is no doubt that TPP would enforce the continued exporting of American manufacturing and other jobs. It has been said that TAFTA might actually benefit our economy, but I don't want to get too technical.
These are curious times we are living in. The first thing that will hinder the passage of TPP or TAFTA willy nilly through Congress are the intransegient turtles of the Tea Party, who have made this session of Congress the least productive session in American history. As an aside, I had to tell the powers that be in my state that their beloved piece of legislation privatizing public timber land was dead on arrival because the enviros' best friends in Congress are Rand Paul, Mario Rubio, and Ted Cruz.
Just about any piece of legislation that Barack Obama could support in Congress is DOA. Call it good old fashioned racism. But it's the dirty truth about the shenanigans in Washington, DC.
The bright side of this is that the dysfunctional Congress works totally against the passage of the TPP at any foreseeable point in this session of Congress, or even the session in 2014.
In an even stranger twist, TAFTA is being mortally threatened byWikileaks. Much of the kerfuffle over the perfectly legal spying on foreign countries and their leaders by the NSA actually revolves around TAFTA. In an aside on the media circus, the mainstream press will never tell you that Glen Greenwald has a lot of toothpaste in his tube that he hasn't squeezed out. And this leakage will reveal more sinister stuff that the Stasi has been doing -- OOPS! I mean the NSA.
In any event, the ire of Dilma Rouseff (President of Brazil) and Angela Merkel of Germany is over the NSA monitoring of their intimate moments to find out about what their positions on TAFTA are beforehand. Nothing personal, it's just bidness. Big Unka is doin' what a guy's gotta do.
And Wikileaks hasn't been helping matters with its release of TPP provisions on intellectual property. These proposals were clearly written by Walt Disney or whatever minion there is flying first class to Utah. Not only that, but Microsoft, Apple, and Google are unhappy because NSA's interference in monitoring their business is costing them collectively $35 billion.
TPP and TAFTA are also in trouble because of geopolitical considerations. Serious disagreements between countries have been evident in this report, and it is all one more reason why the American Empire (business as usual) is in deep trouble. One of the rationales for the TPP is America's pivot towards China. All of our TPP negotiations are excluding the Peoples Republic. The irony is, that every TPP partner we're in negotiation with is also conducting its own trade negotiations with Beijing. So, as much as the powers that be would like us to give away the farm, the very purpose for TPP may be redundant.
And then there is the sand of protectionism creeping into the free trade machinery. There is now a formal distrust in the American defense establishment over chips made in China because of back doors installed in the hardware. And the Chinese are boycotting American made computer products for the same reason, fearing what the NSA has hardwired into the machinery.
Truly, this is a curious century we are living in. We are truly at the dawn of a new age. And American power is slip, slip, slipping away.