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FTAA overview

The FTAA protests in miami are a good example of why ALL Americans (North, Central, & South) should recognize what they are up against - An autocratically imposed mechanism( to accelerate transfer of wealth from many to a few) that has been designed by a few unresponsive, unelected people; a mechanism that will be enforced and protected with violent force by existing quasi-legitamite government entities, while those same government entities will lie about the mechanism as freely as they lie to silence opposition.
quasi democratic officials
quasi democratic officials
select a cabal of rich kids
select a cabal of rich kids
to duke out which rich people get more
to duke out which rich people get more
when wealth is transfered from the poor
when wealth is transfered from the poor
while police lie about protestors so called 'violence'
while police lie about protestors so called 'violence'
and their 'weapons
and their 'weapons
while other protestors are silenced with temporary unconstitutional laws
while other protestors are silenced with temporary unconstitutional laws
and some are beaten
and some are beaten
so we can be dragged, kicking and screaming ,into the neo-liberal scheme: FTAA
so we can be dragged, kicking and screaming ,into the neo-liberal scheme: FTAA
The FTAA protests in miami are a good example of why ALL Americans (North, Central, & South) should recognize what they are up against - An autocratically imposed mechanism( to accelerate transfer of wealth from many to a few) that has been designed by a few unresponsive, unelected people; a mechanism that will be enforced and protected with violent force by existing quasi-legitamite government entities, while those same government entities will lie about the mechanism as freely as they lie to silence opposition.

FTAA is autocratic because no american government will actually allow the people or their freely elected representatives to vote on it.

Example:

The Bush (& Clinton) administrations have demanded 'fast track' authority to unilaterally (autocratically) impose multinational trade agreements upon US peoples without a vote by the US legislature (actually unconstitutional),
and have demanded they be given this authority before the trade deals have even been formed, making for the amazing reality where the peoples quasi democratic representatives have given up their constitutional charge over a matter they literally know nothing about.
There is no broad support for FTAA.

FTAA is autocratic because it is designed be a cabal of rich individuals who are completely unresponsive to the peoples they will affect.

Example:

Trade minisiters from every country represented were 'selected' (by government officials who were themselves appointed) often after being 'nominated' by a few individuals in industry groups.
These ministers were kept miles from anyone who was not rich, and appointed (like themselves) to their positions.
This creates an alternate reality in which the poor do not exist, and the spectrum of individual realities is narrowed to the experiences of a few rich, politically powerful individuals. From that reality, very poor decisions are often made.

FTAA is a mechanism for wealth transfer.

Example:

NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) loosened taxes, duties, and rules regarding trade of goods & SERVICES between US, Canada, & Mexico. The reduction in government taxation has not resulted in lower prices being passed on to consumers, or higher wages to workers. Instead multinational corporations have seen their profit margins rise, and as US workers can attest to, wages have fallen. Similarly, as most of us as consumers can attest to, most prices have remained the same.
Opposite to what some free trade appoligists projected, wages in the poorer countries have not risen, (although some jobs have shifted locations, acutal wages decreased with job shifts).
Just as NAFTA, FTAA is a liberalization of trade policies, and is a realization of the self interests of the rich who occupy government positions; realizing that if they curtail the wealth shifting powers (taxation & regulation) of their government entity, they are curtailing the opportunities for wealth and power to be taken from them and given to the poorer and powerless members of their countries.

FTAA will be enforced and protected by violent force by existing quasi-legitamite government entities.

Example:

The loss of jobs and erosion of wages across the free trade countries are a forgone conclusion. With the ability to quickly and randomly shift production location, companies are able to destabilize the job market, increase migration, increase worker fear, and create work shortages and localized labor market gluts all of which strike at the basis of workers being successful in gaining stabile, good paying jobs. Entities that attempt to stop these forces include local governments and unions.
Unions use direct action and pressure tactics on employers to stop these practises. Throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico, unions have been violently stoped from applying these pressure tactics by police violence. Most recently in Oakland California, dock-workers who opposed shippers efforts to outsource parts of their jobs to unorganized foriegn workers were beaten and shot for protesting in front of the docks. This had the affect weakening workers resolve (its not worth being seriously injured or dieing) and allowing the free trade policies to continue.

Some local governments have been instructed, pressured, and threatened by their national governments, to not opposed such tactics, as is the case with the US state government of Massachusets, which (upon recognizing Burma's prison labor as eating away at its job market and human rights) forbade state work from being done by firms with Burmese activities. The US federal government has instructed and threatened the Mass. government to overturn the democratic law in order to comply with world-wide trade agreements the US federal government signed. This had the effect of pre-empting other local government action and allowing free trade policies to continue unhindered.


FTAA designers and enforcers lie freely in order to create and enforce the mechanism, including silencing opposition.

Example:

FTAA designers refuse to release any and all details about trade negotiations, refuse to admit other parties (NGOs) into negotiations, and release highly skewed "fact sheets" in order to confuse and decieve interested peoples.

Enforcers, like police, lie about tactics (theirs and those of the FTAA protestors), and enforce bans on free speech by detaining activists before they can express their opposition.
Some police lie about protestors inciting violence, calling bike tubes - slingshots, calling bike locks - weapons, and camp stoves - incindiary devices. Some citis have gon so far as to pass laws that "any length of metal, plastic or other similar hard or stiff material" be considered a weapon...but only durring the FTAA negotiations. The result being that all signs capable of being seen from a distance are now effectively illegal.

These two realities of lies serve to re-enforce each other by hiding opposition and alternate information, as well as confuse by directing attention to tactics, and process as opposed to paying attention to the real hardships caused by these negotiations.

"Had to do it" 21.Nov.2003 07:21

Corporate media watch

Last night, the corporate media referred to Michael Jackson's arrest as "the biggest story in the world." This, as hundreds of thousands of people rise up in London against King george, and thousands more rise up in Miami against globalization. Yet somehow, the corporate mouths believe the arrest of a celebrity is more important to the hearts and minds of the people of the earth. Or, is it simply that this is the only story they're really promoting, in order to distract us from the real events of the world?

This morning, local commentator Brenda Braxton of channel 8 lightly touched upon the protests in Miami by explaining, "The police had to use rubber bullets and pepper spray against the crowds." "Had to"? How did those words make it into an "objective" news cast. Oh, right. Because objectivity is a lie, and the corporate media has an agenda of its own.

An "objective" news report might have stated, "Police used rubber bullets and pepper spray against the crowd." A more honest news report might have said, "Police used projectiles and chemical weapons to keep unarmed people from influencing the global power structure." But channel 8 excused the use of weapons against the american people by explaining that the police state simply "had to" to it.

This has been your media watch statement for the morning. I must now go take a bath to remove the stench of corporate media poisoning from my person.

It's all a mistake 21.Nov.2003 07:36

Bill

It's all a ghastly mistake.

If the President of the United States, the world's foremost champion of Freedom and Democracy, only knew what is being done in his name, he would put an end to it, instantly.

And he would make those nasty bureaucrats and lawyers say, "I'm really really sorry and I'll never do it again."