What you should know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
February 21, 2014 | 1:27 pm
We’ve mentioned the forthcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty in passing, but in case you’re wanting to find out more about these treaties and why they might not be such a good thing in general, you might want to take a closer look at this. I’ve run across a great explanation in the form of a 27-page online comic book that explains exactly what trade agreements in general are supposed to do, what they actually end up doing, and what we know about the TPP.
The biggest problem with these treaties is that they basically override nations’ laws—but unlike those laws, which are created in public with accountability, these treaties are “fast-tracked” behind closed doors and the public doesn’t have a chance to have its say.
And the TPP in particular, from the leaks that have come out about it, has some fairly obnoxious clauses. As seen in the excerpt above, those corporate interests who are responsible for aur current IP mess are pushing for even more property rights—including legalizing useless patents and even patents on things that couldn’t be patented before such as biological processes.
Read the whole thing—it’s very eye-opening, And decide what you’re going to do to push back against treaties like this which essentially give away the family cow for a handful of beans that aren’t even magical to begin with.