Latest Trade Agreements Are About The Opposite Of Free Trade: Protectionism For Big Business

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:25:18 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141223/16545229515/latest-trade-agreements-are-about-opposite-free-trade-protectionism-big-business.shtml>

'We've been talking a lot about the various big "trade agreements" that
are being worked on around the globe -- with a major focus on the TPP
(Trans Pacific Partnership) and the TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and
Investment Pact). These are frequently referred to as "free trade
agreements." But an important point that gets lost in the various
debates is that, generally speaking these are not free trade agreements
at all. In many ways, they're the opposite.'

A classic political trick:  Make sure that you use a name people will
support, because many people won't have time to check the details and
see if they have anything to do with the name.

Cheers,
        *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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