(Lucas: As far as I am aware we already have a corporate USA that is not a state but a corporation.)
A secret trade agreement is designed to prolong trade secrets, not free trade. It has the capacity to operate above national laws, and use flimsy excuses to snuff out local competition. The Slog investigates the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
What are we to make of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Until recently it has been little more than a fringe blogosphere libertarian bogey-man: perhaps just another whacknut conspiracy theory, perhaps something vaguely mysterious like Common Purpose…or perhaps just a trade agreement, and nothing more. The original goals, for example, seem benign enough: Continue reading