WHEN TRADE IS KILLING US, KILL THE TRADE…

October 10th, 2015

To allow arcane trade law, which has been negotiated with scant public scrutiny, to have this kind of power over an issue so critical to humanity’s future is a special kind of madness. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz puts it, “Should you let a group of foolish lawyers, who put something together before they understood the issues, interfere with saving the planet?” p. 72

“If the trade rules don’t permit all kinds of important measures to deal with climate change—and they don’t—then the trade rules obviously have to be rewritten. Because there is no way in the world that we can have a sustainable economy and maintain international trade rules as they are. There’s no way at all.” [—Steven Shrybman] p. 72

Indeed the three policy pillars of the neoliberal age—privatization of the public sphere, deregulation of the corporate sector and the lowering of income and corporate taxes, paid for with cuts to public spending—are each incompatible with many of the actions we must take to bring our emissions to safe levels. p. 72

From This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Previously…

Found in my electronic chapbook.

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