Save the Internet: Stop Fast Track

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Want to help save democracy? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a super-secretive trade agreement that threatens everything you care about. It's been negotiated behind closed doors with ample input from over 600 corporate lobbyists -- but no access for journalists or the public. Sound bad? It gets worse. The corporate interest groups pushing for the TPP are the same folks that brought us SOPA, ACTA, and NAFTA."

No one knows exactly what's in the TPP, since it's shrouded in so much secrecy, but from leaked texts, we know that the it would lead to a more censored, policed, and expensive Internet -- and it would undermine important protections for workers rights, public health, and the environment. Over 80 organizations oppose Fast Track for the TPP. You can read why -- in their own words -- at StopFastTrack.com

Ready for the good news? The U.S. government needs Congress to pass a bill called "Fast Track" or that gives the President the ability to ratify trade agreements without meaningful debate or amendments from Congress. Without Fast Track, other countries won't be willing to agree to the extremist Internet-killing copyright policies that the U.S. is pushing, since they know that Congress could just amend any agreement they come to. If Fast Track fails, experts are saying that the whole TPP could likely fall apart, and that the worst pieces of it will almost certainly be off the table.

It's that simple. If we stop Fast Track, we stop the TPP. We need to melt phones, fill up inboxes, and raise our voices high to defend democracy and save the Internet. Here's the link, you know what to do.

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  1. It is almost like Big Media is an abusive spouse who can't understand that more threats and violence will not engender greater loyalty and respect.

  2. Is there a way for the EFF or ACLU or somebody to author some proactive bills which, if passed into law, would make it much harder to do these kinds of shenanigans with the internet? Constantly being on the defensive side seems silly. Surely we can do better?

  3. IMB says:

    ACLU isn't in the business of authoring bills. They just use lawsuits against infractions of rights and the constitution. At least as far as I know.

  4. hallam says:

    What are the chances for Fast Track authorization passing at all?

    The current House can barely manage to pass the measures necessary to authorize borrowing of money to fund the payments they have already authorized. Only Senate approval is required to ratify a treaty but it looks like the House has to get involved to pass fast track unless certain folk are grandstanding.

    What are the ideological points that might block passage?

    Gumming up the Senate is usually pretty easy. Particularly for a treaty where the Senate requires a 2/3rds vote. The Senate has rejected a whole slew of treaties that are much better for the US than any other power, including the UN law of the sea treaty update which the US has not ratified but still uses against other countries.

    But even rolling rocks downhill requires that the people doing the pushing are going in the right direction.

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