What US Business Wants from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

by Dr Patricia Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network {1} convener Australian Options, Issue 61 (Winter 2010) The Australian Government has started negotiations for a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with the US, Chile, Peru, Brunei, Singapore New Zealand and Vietnam to develop a multilateral agreement based on the bilateral agreements the US has … Continue reading What US Business Wants from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Beware the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement!

by Jane Kelsey http://web.me.com/jane_kelsey/Jane/TPPA.html (January 12 2012) Q: Should we be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)? A: If negotiations for the TPPA succeed they will create a mega-treaty across nine or more countries that puts a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century and give massive … Continue reading Beware the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement!

The Downward Mobility of the American Middle Class

And Why Mitt Romney Doesn't Know by Robert Reich http://robertreich.org (February 06 2012) January’s increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story - the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class. Most of the new jobs being created are in the lower-wage sectors of the economy - … Continue reading The Downward Mobility of the American Middle Class

If You Write a Trade Agreement No One Will Sign?

What's the Point? {1} by Harold Feld {2} http://www.publicknowledge.org (February 14 2012) Last summer, with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations stalled for two years because of Hollywood insistence adding all kinds of regulate-the-internet crazy stuff, we gave the US Trade Representative and the industries pushing for ACTA some friendly advice: "Drop the crazy stuff" … Continue reading If You Write a Trade Agreement No One Will Sign?

Abstractions versus the “Real World”

Economic Models and the Apologetics of Greed by Professor John Kozy Global Research (February 13 2012) Economists build models by subtracting from reality the characteristics they deem unessential to the economic situations they model. The result is a bare bones description consisting of what economists deem economically essential. Everything that is discarded (not taken into … Continue reading Abstractions versus the “Real World”

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

by Electronic Frontier Foundation (undated in 2011) Defending your rights in the digital world The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-nation trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe. The nine nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, and Brunei … Continue reading What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

Modern Money Blog Number Thirty Seven – Responses

The Public Purpose Responses to Comments on Blog Number Thirty Seven by L Randall Wray New Economic Perspectives (February 23 2012) This week we're looking at the public purpose. Clearly, liberals and conservatives (used in the American sense of those terms) disagree on what government ought to do. Still, most people do see a substantial … Continue reading Modern Money Blog Number Thirty Seven – Responses

US Industry Demands to US Government on TPP

February 07 2011 The Honorable Ron Kirk United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, North West Washington, DC 20508 Dear Ambassador Kirk: As representatives of the intellectual property (IP) task force of the US Business Coalition for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a broad-based, multi-sector coalition of US companies and associations, we write you today about the … Continue reading US Industry Demands to US Government on TPP

Modern Money Blog – Number Thirty Seven

The Public Purpose by L Randall Wray New Economic Perspectives (February 19 2012) The households and business firms in a modern capitalist economy make many of the important economic decisions that contribute to determination of the level of employment and output, the composition of that output, the distribution of income, and the prices at which … Continue reading Modern Money Blog – Number Thirty Seven