I've still got to make some research on the already existing treaties, economics and everything to make sure I actually understand what's happening instead of just repeating what Greenpeace are saying, but the TTIP treaty they describe is simply terrible: ttip-leaks.org.
Now I'm not saying anything new and I know people are talking about it for a certain time now, but I haven't seen it being discussed here on this very website.
Has anyone some thoughts about it? Discuss!
Personally, two things come to my mind.
First of all, companies do have a lot of power. I'm not only stating the obvious, but I think all those rich and powerful people are not desperate for more money and power. They only set out such plans and remove obstacles to it because that's not that hard to them. That's only mere calculation. The fact they can, apparently so easily, is frightening. I wouldn't say it's surprising though. Consider an oligarchy of rich, intelligent individuals who share the same goals and whose HIDDEN wealth's sum total is estimated to 21 trillion dollar (estimation dated from 2012). How many Microsoft can you buy with that? How many armies? That's still an estimation which might also include other kind of people, but that still makes the point.
I wonder what is their prime motivation, if it's money or power. I've heard when Stalin died his shoes were holed. I think he didn't care for wealth but for power instead, and I think I belong to the same kind of person...
Another not that surprising point is that medias and people don't seem to care that much, even though according to poles 80% are against or not in favour of the treaty. It's not hard at all to find information about the treaty from reliable sources, yet all that's in the news and the conversations is Trump whose chances of winning have always be known to be low and represent far less of a danger than the treaty, Brexit (at least in the UK, but I guess that makes sense
), and ISIS. I guess that's the way it works. As long as nothing notable happens, nobody's talking about it. Still, the only political figure denouncing the treaty I've heard of is one of the far-right leaders. If that remains true, that's enough for me to vote for them.