This transatlantic trade deal is a full-frontal assault on democracy

Brussels has kept quiet about a treaty that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty – Published on The Guardian, by George Monbiot, Nov 4, 2013.

Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. Mind you, I spent 10 minutes looking for my watch the other day before I realised I was wearing it. Forgetting about the referendum is another sign of ageing. Because there must have been one, mustn’t there? After all that agonising over whether or not we should stay in the European Union, the government wouldn’t cede our sovereignty to some shadowy, undemocratic body without consulting us. Would it? … //

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George Monbiot, England:

  • on his official Website with full archives;
  • on World People’s Blog, Jan 5, 2007;
  • on en.wikipedia and it’s External Links;
  • on his Guardian Archive;
  • on his ZSpace Archive;
  • his interview with The Third Estate, by Salman Shaheen, Sept 24, 2009;
  • on YouTube: For more wonder, rewild the world, 15.10 min, uploaded by TED talk, Sept 9, 2013: Wolves were once native to the US’ Yellowstone National Park — until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot imagines a wilder world in which humans work to restore the complex, lost natural food chains that once surrounded us …;
  • more on YouTube-search.

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