Monday, August 12, 2013

Mankind: Death by Corporation, Part III - the TPP as Corporate Deathstar

Dr Brian Moench
(Image: <a href="" target="_blank"> Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Sparkly Kate, erix!</a>)(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Sparkly Kate, erix!)In Parts I and II of Mankind: Death by Corporation, we looked briefly at what amounts to ruthless, psychopathic behavior of our largest corporations spanning most major industries.  But aided and abetted by "sincere" government officials, corporations are working behind the scenes, rapidly assembling the corporate "Death Star" to be unleashed upon citizens throughout the world, allowing them virtually unchecked control of our food supply, our land, air, water, wallets and our future.

An in-house editorial in the New York Times on July 5, began, "For all its rabid partisanship, Congress has shown time and again that it is willing to come together to deregulate corporate America." This new corporate giveaway is a bill in the Senate sponsored by Democrats and Republicans that would, for all intents and purposes, end the "independence" of independent regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.  These independent agencies were established to be accountable to Congress - not the White House - with the goal of insulating them from political arm-twisting.