Donald Trump didn't kill the TPP - activism did

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Ding dong! The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. Most news articles say the cause of death was simple: the election of Donald Trump. But they've only got a tiny part of the story. Now more than ever, it's critical we share the real story: creative and strategic grassroots organizing can take on concentrated wealth and power and win. I've got an op-ed in The Guardian today with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, etc) Check it out and please share!"

Perhaps most shockingly, the TPP would have allowed corporations to sue governments before tribunals of three corporate lawyers, essentially creating an unaccountable, shadow legal system outside of our traditional courts to punish governments that pass laws that corporations don’t like.

A simple agreement to lower tariffs and other anticompetitive barriers to trade wouldn’t have been so controversial. But big business couldn’t resist the urge to abuse the extreme secrecy surrounding the TPP negotiations to stuff the pact with a wishlist for policies they knew they could never pass through traditional means.

That unchecked greed was the TPP’s demise. What emerged from the closed-door negotiations was more than 5,000 pages of policy so clearly against the public interest that it awakened a firestorm of opposition that swept the globe, and in the end, sent the TPP to its grave.

The TPP wasn't killed by Donald Trump – our protests worked [Evan Greer, Tom Morello and Evangeline Lilly/The Guardian]

(Image: AFGE Participates in #StopFastTrack Rallies [AFGE/CC-BY)

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  1. What's funny is that there was a lot of resistance to the TPP across the political spectrum, which is really why it's dead--there isn't a solid block of support to pass it. Not everyone would agree on what were the worst aspects of it, but there was something for everyone to dislike. There was some fear that it might come up for a lame duck vote, but that's been taken off the table, and Trump says he won't revive it. What horrors he might come up with in its place is yet to be seen.

    Now we have to turn our attention to the TTIP, which is still limping along out there.

  2. We got that going for us, I think...

  3. The worst part is that these "trade agreements" are such obvious trojan horses that, to me, it clearly demonstrates either insanity or corruption that anyone with decision making authority could take them seriously.

  4. From The Diplomat:

    The TPP can come into force in two ways. The first:

    • All TPP members complete their respective domestic treaty ratification processes for the TPP.
    • The TPP comes into effect 60 days after the 12th TPP member completes its ratification of the deal.

    Of course, the TPP is not an uncontroversial free-trade agreement. In each and every member state, there is considerable opposition from domestic interest groups and stakeholders. It’s entirely possible that some states that agreed to participate in the talks and agreed on Monday to the finalized text could end up failing to ratify the agreement. That’s where the second mode of entry into force comes into play. If two years elapse and all signatories still haven’t ratified the agreement, the following conditions need to exist in order for the TPP to come into force:

    • At least six original signatories have to have successfully ratified the agreement.
    • Those six signatories, between them, must represent 85 percent of the total GDP of the twelve original signatories.

    That last clause is important. The United States and Japan between them represent just shy of 80 percent of the GDP of the twelve original TPP signatories (specifically, the U.S. represents nearly 62 percent of TPP GDP and Japan accounts for 17 percent). Basically, the TPP can’t come into force if either of these states fail to ratify the agreement in their domestic legislatures because there would be no way for the remaining signatories to fulfill the 85 percent of GDP requirement (even if the United States and all states but Japan ratify, the eleven would stand at 83 percent of GDP).

    So, if the U.S. doesn't sign on, it's dead.

  5. And CETA - please, CETA!! (Which is just a backdoor entry to Europe via Canada for any US corporate vandals temporarily slowed if TTIP gets killed.)

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