The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was intended to promote and protect the interests of giant multinational corporations and not the advancement of so-called “free trade.” The document contained only five chapters out of 29 that focused on the reduction of tariffs. Above and beyond the furtherance of oligopoly, little understood intellectual property provisions would have empowered yet another attack on internet free speech.
The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy and even U.S. Senators couldn’t access the document in full, while “fast track” ratification authority was sought by both Democratic and Republican party interests intent of ramming the TPP through the sausage making factory known as the U.S. Congress. Progressives and economic nationalists alike should praise Trump for flushing the TPP down the toilet. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts asks if the Trans-Atlantic Partnership is next. — Eric Dubin, Managing Editor, The News Doctors