[Ip-health] George Monbiot and Joseph Stiglitz on Investor-State Rules

Matthew Rimmer drmatthewrimmer at gmail.com
Tue Nov 5 20:01:38 PST 2013


"Investor-state rules could be used to smash any attempt to save the NHS
from corporate control, to re-regulate the banks, to curb the greed of the
energy companies, to renationalise the railways, to leave fossil fuels in
the ground. These rules shut down democratic alternatives. They outlaw
leftwing politics." George Monbiot
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/04/us-trade-deal-full-frontal-assault-on-democracy

"The real goal is to restrict governments’ ability to regulate and tax
corporations – that is, to restrict their ability to impose
responsibilities, not just uphold rights. Corporations are attempting to
achieve by stealth – through secretly negotiated trade agreements – what
they could not attain in an open political process." Joseph Stiglitz on
investor-state rules:
Read more at
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/on-the-dangers-of-bilateral-investment-agreements-by-joseph-e--stiglitz#O0oda4BfD23OV4bz.99



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