We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Financiers seek to have fondest dreams come true through own secret trade deal

Click here to access article by Pete Dolack from his blog Systemic Disorder.

Dolack has a special knack for explaining the machinations of our ruling class to subvert what is left of national laws protecting workers. In this article he explains the latest secret negotiations called TISA going on by the core of the world capitalist class, the banking/financial elites, to circumvent national restrictions on the movement of money across borders to exploit workers and the environment.
The financial industry has grown ever more powerful in recent decades, so perhaps the world’s governments believe it is only fitting that it has its own secret treaty. Similar to “free trade” agreements that curtail regulation of manufacturers, the Trade In Services Agreement’s Financial Services Annex, if passed, would eliminate the ability of governments to regulate the financial industry.