December 14th, 2013

What Is The TPP? A Primer


This article was written by Kimberly Paxton and originally published at The Daily Sheeple

If you keep hearing about the TPP and really only have a general idea of what this is, there is a good reason for that. The negotiations have been kept a closely guarded secret, and those participating don’t want you to know what it is until it’s too late to change it.

Read on for a TPP primer.

What is the TPP?

TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The countries involved in this proposed partnership are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. It boils down to being a massive free trade agreement, which would eliminate tariffs on goods and services and harmonize various regulations between the partner countries. If the agreement goes through, it will affect more than 40% of the imports and exports of the United States.

Why are so many people against the TPP?

One of the major issues with the TPP is its effect on Freedom of Speech. Remember how everyone was concerned about the potential ramifications of SOPA and PIPA back when the US government was trying to crack down on “internet piracy”? Well, multiply that times a billion and then don’t run it through Congress, and you have, in a nutshell, the future effects of the TPP on the Internet.

Under the guise of protecting intellectual copyrights, if the TPP goes through, the Internet will change dramatically. It could turn Internet Service Providers into watchdogs, and threaten our ability to communicate unfettered on blogs, forums, websites and social media platforms.

ISPs will be forced to monitor the content of their customers (without warrants) because it is they who will face huge liability if copyrights are “infringed” upon.

“Fair Use” policies will be restricted, existing copyrights will be greatly lengthened, and adopt criminal sanctions against those who infringe on copyrights, even without monetary motivations.

Our own Constitutional checks and balances will no longer apply. There will be no right to privacy and no due process. Webpages can be taken down based on only a complaint – proof will not be required. Innocent until proven guilty will not apply.

So, this will aid Big Businesses like the pharmaceutical industry or the entertainment industry, while it restricts the ability of citizen journalists and every day people to share information. (Learn more HERE)

How does the TPP have the potential to cause tension with China?

Did you notice the major missing participant in the TPP?

All those Asian countries are in like Flynn, but China is notably not playing ball.

When everyone signs this agreement, and no tariffs apply, then Chinese goods will go from the cheapest to the most expensive. Their entire economy is based on exports. Their entire economy is at risk.

The provisions deliberately exclude China. For example, yarn for clothing must come from member countries, and not from China.

This could potentially invite retaliation from China, an economic superpower in their own right.

Why is it all so secret?

And now we come to the scariest part of the TPP. No one really knows what is in it.

All of the information we have comes from documents that were leaked. We know that it has 29 chapters with regulations regarding food safety, who you can buy what product from, financial services, copyrights, and much more.

We must always be suspect of the negotiation of potentially life-altering things that are done in secret. Generally this occurs because those making the plans know that the public will adamantly oppose what they are planning. According to a spokesman from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the general public just isn’t bright enough to grasp the finer points of the TPP, and thus should be kept in the dark until it is fait accompli.

Will you be affected?

This agreement could negatively affect everyone in the United States who works in manufacturing. It will affect those who share information on the Internet. One analysis has said that a small percentage of the wealthy will prosper, while the rest of the population will see their finances dwindle even more. It would ban “Buy American” or “Buy Local” purchasing and marketing practices. It will allow Big Pharma to increase the price of medicine and will disallow the sale of many generic medications. It will override environmental protection laws and policies that have been put in place by member countries.

The list goes on and on.

So yes, you will be affected, and unless you happen to be the owner of a major pharmaceutical company or financial institution, this will not be positive for you.

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9 Responses to “What Is The TPP? A Primer”

  1. 1
    Donald L. Golden Says:

    There is no end to the amount of power wanted by the elite. We need a freedom loving brave genius to combat the devils wanting to rule over everyone.

  2. 2
    Elias Alias Says:

    I would humbly submit that we do not need a fearless “leader”, if that is what you were implying. Instead, I suggest that we need to each become our true selves, look inside ourselves for our own “authority” complete with our unalienable rights, accept responsibility for ourselves, divorce ourselves from the governments which are themselves being influenced by corporate interests, and resume living free lives as our Constitution was designed to protect. Looking for an “authority” such as a President or CEO or a Premiere or Benevolent Dictator, or any other outside source of authority, is a huge mistake, in my opinion. The Constitution sets forth a plan of self-governance, and we the people are the original, primary legitimate source of authority, based upon our own autonomous sovereignty as souls enmeshed in human bodies, souls who come into this world with certain unalienable rights which come with us from a higher authority than any earthly, man-made government.

    History shows that it is human nature to want to project authority outside the soul into the world of mankind at large. We love our nations, our religions, our political philosophies – and we trust our governments to protect our freedoms even in the face of the blatant fact that “to govern” is the opposite of freedom. My stance is that if we Americans must agree to have some form of limited government telling us what we can and cannot do, then I want the damn thing to at least abide by its founding legal charter, which is our Constitution, which protects our “unalienable rights” and freedoms. The reason we now awake to see a military-police state funded by the Corporate Dynasty which is driven by the military-industrial complex is because our Federal government is extremely far outside the limits laid down upon it by the very Constitution which created it. We as Americans need to quit worshipping any goddamned “President”, need to quit acting like they were the chosen of God, need to quit standing and applauding when a President walks into a room, and we need to immediately learn how to quit searching for “authority” outside our own hearts and souls.

    That is my opinion – what’s your take on that? ;)

    Elias Alias, editor

  3. 3
    Ol' Rono Says:

    How can anyone not agree with what you said? If everyone would do the little bit we are all supposed to do, we wouldn’t need anyone else to do any more than we won’t or wouldn’t do… “Something like that”, if this hasn’t been said before? It is about time! Thanks Elias!

  4. 4
    nicholas napier Says:

    Kinda like what Pelosi said pass it now and then we will see whats
    In it. Obama care. Scare tactics and fines if i do not comply.

  5. 5
    nicholas napier Says:

    You see it on the local level with red light cameras what you
    .think next year they’re all broke the country broken and lets print more money

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    Elias Alias Says:

    Thank you Ol’ Rono (@ comment #3);

    I will add that the “freedom loving brave genius” noted by Donald L. Golden in comment #1 resides inside oneself, inside one’s mind, inside one’s soul. That is where dignity, justice, love, compassion, empathy, honor, courage and bravery reside. And I’ll repeat – we must, as individuals, cease with the folly of looking outside ourselves for “authority”. Our very belief that the solutions to our problems exist within the mind of some individual who wins a “title” such as “Senator” or “Representative” or “Judge” or “President” is in and of itself the beginning of our slavery. We, wrapped in our unalienable rights, are the very source of authority, and that much which we cautiously loan to the collective government, intended for the mutual benefit of all, is always subject to recall if and when any thusly-empowered government starts thinking to “govern” us. The national psyche has been seduced into worshipful exaltation for a pack of damned political idiots, the least-psychologically-qualified, statist-minded seditious usurpers whom voters can send to legislatures, courts, and Executive positions in government. It’s no wonder our nation is being shredded before our very eyes.

    Keep the faith,
    Elias Alias, editor

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    Cal Says:

    @Elias Alias
    “My stance is that if we Americans must agree to have some form of limited government telling us what we can and cannot do, then I want the damn thing to at least abide by its founding legal charter, which is our Constitution, which protects our “unalienable rights” and freedoms.”


    “Our very belief that the solutions to our problems exist within the mind of some individual who wins a “title” such as “Senator” or “Representative” or “Judge” or “President” is in and of itself the beginning of our slavery. ”

    It is, well, in a way. When we hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed it will make a HUGE difference. Judges ONLY get to keep their place in the judicial system by using “Good Behaviour”.

    They were deliberately separated from the executive and legislative branches to have them carry out the duties assigned to that branch and to all state judicials by the US Constitution and the state Constitution’s.

    So who decides if they are using “Good Behaviour” when carrying out the duties assigned to them? Let us exam the court system. All of the areas connected with the courts are decided by the
    people: judgement of guilt or innocence by jury of peers. Is the law a moral or correct law in the eyes of the people, then that same jury can get rid of it by nullification and refusing guilt or innocence of a person because the law is a BAD one.

    I, and many others including our forefathers say that “Good Behaviour” of all judges – federal or state – is decided by “We the people”.

    Tucker’s Blackstone Volume I Chapter 1 (As the Oath applies to the judiciary…)
    But here a very natural, and very material, question arises: how are these customs or maxims to be known, and by whom is their validity to be determined? The answer is, by the judges in the several courts of justice. They are the depositaries of the laws; the living oracles, who must decide in all cases of doubt, and who are bound by an oath to decide according to the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.
    Now this is a positive law, fixed and established by custom, which custom is evidenced by judicial decisions; and therefore can never be departed from by any modern judge without a breach of his oath and the law. For herein there is nothing repugnant to natural justice

    Thomas Jefferson: “The government created by this compact (the Constitution) was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party (the people of each state) has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.”

    Early in US history, judges informed jurors of their nullification right. The first Chief Justice, John Jay, told jurors: “You have a right to take upon yourselves to judge both the facts and law.”
    And “The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.”

    Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Thomas Paine: “I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

    John Adams: “Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.”

    John Adams: “It is not only his [the juror’s] right, but his duty…to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” &

    “though in direct opposition to the direction of the court” is “We the people” deciding the court, prosecutors, lawmakers were all wrong. So why would anyone think that the final decisions over a judge using “Good Behaviour” would be left to anyone else?

    Samuel Chase: “The jury has the right to determine both the law and the facts.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “…To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps…and their power is more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruption of time and party, its members would become despots….”

    James Madison, Federalist 46, 315-23: “The Foederal and State Governments are in fact but different agents and trustees of the people, instituted with different powers, and designated for different purposes… They must be told that the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone; and that it will not depend merely on the comparative ambition or address of the different governments, whether either, or which of them, will be able to enlarge its sphere of jurisdiction at the expence of the other. Truth no less than decency requires, that the event in every case, should be supposed to depend on the sentiments and sanction of their common constituents.”

    “We the People” FIRE judges that do not use “Good Behaviour” in the courtrooms, supporting and defending the US Constitution and judging all in Pursuance thereof as the basis NOT interpretation of – that was a usurpation by the judicial branch.

    We can use the courts to implement the US Constitution by removing judges who are NOT using “Good Behaviour” as is lawfully required of them

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    Bob Says:

    I think the Comment’s above truly say it all as to what our Rights are as a Free People and how we must guard and protect those God given right’s and our freedom’s. The Constitution of the United Stats is to me a Sacred Document one to be studied in depth and kept as close to our hearts and soul’s as we possibly can. the American People have been purposely lulled into a false sense of security from the people we elected to Represent us as they instead Represent corporate interests over our right’s. Yes there are some in Congress who do indeed work for us and with us and we must assist these brave souls as they endevour to do the peoples bidding. We must indeed grow our membership to the point of hundreds of thousands perhaps million’s as we work to bring our country back to the direction and order that was envisioned by our Founding Father’s. The Federalist paper’s tell us there was much work done compromise, arguments all the battles of free will’s working together to create a Nation such as the Earth had never seen and has not seen another anything like it since. I stand arm in arm, side by side with my fellow Warrior’s in the greatest cause of the 21st Century

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    Churchill Says:

    Indeed, I consider many historical records and documents as ‘Exceptionalism’ via Individualism, as many debate, discusses and defines the necessary need of, preservation and protection of, rights of and duties of Sovereign individuals in relevance towards Sovereign States Rights, the preservation of Individual and State survival in regards to the structuring of and participating in a very small and limited form of centralized government and towards guidance of and the obligations that it was entrusted with. It insofar represented what all other forms of rule lack (including our current form). It almost seems that various latter forms of Government Rule, Theories and Ideologies were birthed and nurtured as to the purpose of counteracting, to neutralize, to limit, to deter, corrupt and bury our original form of Sovereign Self-Rule within the loosely unified Republic…The exclusion of China in the TPP might perhaps be in reference towards it’s ‘Most Favored Nation Status’ in preference and referral towards domestic investment opportunities as they continually arise while the US continues to distract through Divertissements in favor of divestiture In any economy, the massive influx of cheap goods are never sustainable. As like in the use of any Fiat Currency(Both being weapons of financial/economic suicide/destruction as like in Derivatives) more than likely soon to be intentially and/or sharply reduced or eliminated as planned. Oppressive forms of rule prefer not to accomodate/conform to societal standards. But for Society to acclimatize/adjust/conform to their dictation of what they define as societal standards or be deleted via mandates, laws, permits, fees, registration, regulations, censorship, Corporate ownership (Gene and DNA Patents), to the re-writing of Copyright laws etc. RIMPAC 2014 seems to offer more entertainment than previous episodes, as China accepted their invitation to participate. Copulative agreements among world powers seem to have always been an indication as to the alienation of, elimination of, and implementation of the assimilation and the incorporation of various Collectives into the larger ones via War and Propaganda and the adoption of Treaties and Foreign policies.

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