Free trade agreements are like long-term plans for family. Not just yours, but everyone’s. Trade is rarely about goods anymore. That’s because with over 3000 treaties, the vast majority of tariffs on goods are gone. Instead, new trade deals infer special legal status on corporations that give them more access to the management of a nation’s services, resources, and finances. If communities don’t comply with corporate requirements, they become vulnerable to serious fines from trade lawsuits: Investor State Dispute Settlement, ISDS. This creates a new form of social-political organization ~ the Investor State.
Because corporate goals are short-term, so are trade deals. They don’t take into consideration the responsibility we have to the generations coming. I understand that if we don’t heal this policy, we won’t be staying on the planet. I know it’s possible because of people in every sector who are going about their days with the purpose of creating the world we want. Getting there requires looking at how trade pacts are shaping national agendas. Right now the only enforceable aspect of trade is private profit. Why not change that? Let’s imagine global policy in service of the generations coming to this beautiful planet.
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