What’s Wrong with the TPP
This is the 3rd in this series. The first asked some questions about the TPP. The second found some answers and concluded the TPP is wrong. This one puts this wrong in perspective. It’s written as a letter to President Obama, who is pushing for the TPP.
Dear President Obama,
Business is risky. Corporations already shield executives from personal risk, as long as they act ethically. Corporations amass the wealth and power of thousands, even millions of people. They’ve even corrupted US courts to give them many human “rights,” contrary to the intentions of America’s founders. And corporations fight to amass wealth without the basic God-given leveler that all humans possess- a finite life span.
And the large corporations the TPP would shield don’t even suffer from risk. Most of these corporations are phenomenally wealthy. If they lose a market or some profit, it’s no big deal. While our news media creates big drama around it, it only effects those who are addicted to those stories. Most corporations have the resources to pivot and adapt. And doing so usually makes them healthier.
Business is risky. Life is risky. It’s fundamentally wrong to remove that risk.
Even if a corporation becomes unprofitable and dies, it’s not hurt. It’s a fictitious entity. And most of its stockholders are not even hurt, except a bit, psychologically. Their wealth was only paper wealth. Most of it is not even wealth that they worked for. Most of it is paper profit made from money they invested while they did other things.
Corporations do not need protection against societies improving themselves.
If you really DO want to remove their risk, the TPP should mandate insurance, just like you’ve mandated Americans pay for health insurance.
Corporations are, by definition, money-making machines. Humans are not. The TPP pushes the cost for corporate business insurance onto humans. It basically transfers business risk onto consumers. That’s just wrong.
The TPP makes corporations above the law. Humans have never been protected from change. While eminent domain can make a government pay a landowner fair value for what it takes, it has never guaranteed fair value for future profits.
Supposedly, you’re a progressive. Progressives are all about humanity and society evolving as new truths are revealed and new systems are created. America created “equality.” It took 75 years from the time of the Constitution till we applied “equality” to blacks, but we did it. And then to women. And now, finally, to LGBTs. It wasn’t till the 1960’s that we realized pollution was wrong and people had a right to clean water and air. Had we had the TPP back then, corporations would have sued massively about the costs of the anti-pollution laws.
Humanity isn’t finished evolving. Don’t hamper our ability to self-govern better and improve society.
Parts of the TPP is a corporate grab for power over society. It’s a law that flies in the face of the American Declaration of Independence:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness
My point: American founding documents say that laws should be make by the consent of the governed. Not for the protection of corporate profits.
If you pass this law, we, The People, would lose the right to govern ourselves by our own consent. Your TPP says we’d be beholden to the profits of these fictitious entities, corporations. That’s absurd. Whether we reject your treaty or we abolish the U.S.A. and create a new Government that’s not beholden to it, our founding documents give us that unalienable right.
Please, do the right thing. Abandon completely those sections of the TPP that limit in any way people’s unalienable rights to self-govern. Let countries decide for themselves what constitutes copyright and property, and what industries they nationalize, whether it be health care, energy production or supplying internet and phone service.
If businesses want to be free of risk, let them buy insurance.