In a recent episode of Act Out! host Eleanor Goldfield looked at how massive protests in Germany and elsewhere in the European Union are turning the tide against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive trade deal similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP).
The fight against corporate power is far from over — but people power is throwing wrenches in the plans of the ass hats on high and giving us not only inspiration, but a path forwards to killing these corporate trade deals.
Goldfield quotes a recent op-ed from The Guardian, in which Owen Jones writes,
There are a number of things we learn from this, all of which should lift hopes. First, people power pays off. European politicians and bureaucrats, quite rightly, would never have imagined that a trade agreement would inspire any interest, let alone mass protests. Symptomatic of their contempt for the people they supposedly exist to serve, the negotiations over the most important aspects of the treaty were conducted in secret. Easy, then, to accuse anti-TTIP activists of “scaremongering” while revealing little of the reality publicly.
But rather than give up, activists across the continent organised. They toxified TTIP, forcing its designers on the defensive. Germany – the very heart of the European project – witnessed mass demonstrations with up to 250,000 people participating.
The rapid reaction of European leaders to this mass mobilization is more evidence that “direct action gets the goods.”
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