If they can get away with Citizens United, why not take it international? I thought this was just another Alex Jones hyperventilation until I saw the story on Democracy Now! And as it’s explained, it sounds like exactly the kind of next step a band of corporate lawyers would try to take after NAFTA and CAFTA. I think we’re rapidly approaching the flash point where the right wing fear of the new world order and left wing fear of corporate government converge in the American mind and blow away anything the corporate media juggernaut tries to sell.
From the Democracy Now! website:
A U.S. proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact between the United States and eight Pacific nations would allow foreign corporations operating in the U.S. to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its ruling. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a fair trade group that posted the leaked documents on its website.
This pact and other free trade agreements that have already eroded national sovereignty and depressed all the economies involved could be very difficult to rescind or even amend with legal personhood and money as speech intact. But the reverse is also true. If we’re successful in repealing the case law behind Citizens United, we can stop these assaults on American sovereignty in their tracks.
For instance, without the protections afforded by access to the Fourteenth Amendment for legal fictions, local legislatures would have more powers in fighting against corporate giveaways imposed by extra-judicial tribunals. Do we want Chinese toy manufacturers to have the power to sue Florida for the “cost” of keeping lead paint off imported toys? Or allow BP to sue New York for “lost profits” as a result of gasoline taxes reducing demand? Heck, how about letting the AFL-CIO (a corporation) to sue Wisconsin for “lost revenue” as a result of stricter regulations? Are we all cool with that?
There are only a few nations with a strong enough, educated enough, active enough and angry enough population to bring the plutocracy to its knees. But only one of those nations has a military that spans the globe with a footprint in more than 100 countries, friend and foe. Only the United States is the primary enforcer of the global status quo. And that gives us a special responsibility and a unique power to make a positive impact at every level of global human existence. American law currently protects and unleashes the most powerful and destructive collections of private greed the world has ever seen. Overturn Citizens United and we can not only end that practice, we can start to clean up the mess the financial-military-industrial complex has left behind.
If the only goal you have is to accumulate as much money as possible at any cost to the world around you, than I’m sorry to have wasted your time with this. But if practically anything else interests you, from breathing clean air to watching clean sports, or having a (flawed) republican democracy to participate in instead of a corporate plutocracy to be exploited by, then this is where that mission starts. No significant advances in policy or politics is possible without restoring the people’s sovereignty over the instruments of our own creation. We own them, not the other way around. It’s time to make that clear.