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Fast Tracking TPP Would Mean More Corporate Control of Our Democracy

Fast Tracking TPP Would Mean More Corporate Control of Our Democracy | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Wenonah Hauter | February 3, 2014 11:39 am

Do you care about having access to local and sustainably produced food orprotecting your drinking water? Are you concerned about corporate influence distorting our elections?

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Wenonah Hauter | February 3, 2014 11:39 am


Do you care about having access to local and sustainably produced food orprotecting your drinking water? Are you concerned about corporate influence distorting our elections?


If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should be worried about legislation Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp recently introduced that would grant the Obama administration fast-track authority.


Those measures would allow the White House to quickly push the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and another trade deal with Europe through Congress with a simple up or down vote.


Fast-track authority would give the Obama administration the unchecked power to promote future trade deals. Those pacts would allow corporations to challenge any democratically enacted federal, state or local laws and regulations that would limit their narrow financial interests.


The TPP and the U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement are really corporate power grabs disguised as trade agreements containing provisions that would undermine basic consumer rights, including issues related to our food, water and local sovereignty.


The TPP threatens the very essence of our democratic process by promoting the privatization of public resources and corporate self-regulation. It would give companies the ability to overrule local governing bodies on decisions about fracking, food safety, public health and the environment. [MORE]

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Lawsuit Spotlights US Charities That Fund Israel’s Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

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Watch Laura Poitras’s Iraq Documentary for Free Until Nov 24

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Federal Agencies Recognize Gay Marriages In 6 More States

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The Young Turks Interview : Sam Harris

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Sam Harris, 10/23/2014

 

I recently sat down with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks to discuss my most controversial views about Islam, the war on terror, and related topics. It was, of necessity, a defensive performance on my part—more like a deposition than an ordinary conversation. Although it was a friendly exchange, there were times when Cenk appeared to be trying very hard to miss my point. Rather than rebut my actual views (or accept them), he often focused on how a misunderstanding of what I was saying could lead to bad outcomes—as though this were an argument against my views themselves. However, he did provide a forum in which we could have an unusually full discussion about difficult issues. I hope viewers find it useful.

 

Having now watched the full exchange, I feel the need to expand on a couple of points:


Journalistic Ethics
The passage of journalism into its digital future is proving more than a little perilous. We seem to be circling a vortex, at the bottom of which lies the perennial problem of money: How can writers, editors, and publishers get paid for their work? I can’t help but feel that a reliance on advertising is encouraging the worst instincts in everyone involved. There is comedy to be found here, of course. I recently came across an article accusing me of “sexism” that was paid for by ads promising access to “Sexy Asian Brides.” However, the results of any system of bad incentives are rarely amusing. We must find some way to correct course.

 

Read more at http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-young-turks-interview

 

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