An obscure Trans Pacific Partnership provision will serve to threaten the very existence of the nation state and replace governmental authority with the power and the whim of the corporation. This secretive provision promises to supplant all national authority with a “Rollerball” type of world.
If you are not familiar, Rollerball was a very popular movie which debuted in 1975 and it depicted the planet as being ruled by six corporations in the place of national governments.
The movie was set 43 years into the future from the time of the release of the movie, in the year 2018, in which a total of six corporations have replaced government as the ruling authority following the demise of the nation state. With the absence of war or conflict, a forcibly passive population’s bloodlust is satisfied by a brutal new sport known as Rollerball.
More popular than today’s NFL Football and the Superbowl, Rollerball resulted in a corporate-backed sensation, the most popular athlete in the world, named Jonathan E. (played by James Caan). Jonathan E. had steadily climbed the ladder to superstar status of the sport and would be on a par with the legendary Michael Jordan.
Rollerball’s lethality and the inevitable demise of all the participants serves the social control purpose of conditioning the masses into a state of learned helplessness in which they are programmed to believe that they have no control over their fate and the whim of the corporations is all-powerful over the free will of the individual. In the movie, there are no Constitutions or civil liberties.
When the corporate backers of Rollerball begin to fear that Jonathan’s popularity has instilled him with a potentially dangerous amount of personal power and individual freedom, a thunderous struggle between man’s free will and the oppression of the masses threatens to shatter the fragile strings that the puppet masters use to manipulate mankind and this struggle begins to ensue in earnest. Despite corporate demands, Jonathan E. decides not to retire from the game in which he’s a superstar and this flies in the face of the very social control reason that Rollerball was conceived. Subsequently, the corporate rulers hatch a plot to abandon the rules of Rollerball in the hope that Jonathan E. will be killed and their grip of power will remain as an unyielding chokehold on the helpless populace. The ultimate message of this movie is that if we ever permit corporations, such as Monsanto and Walmart, to rule the world, we will be living in a “hell on earth” scenario. Quite obviously, the movie was 40 years ahead of its time and its predictive value as to the state of today’s world was enormous. This is what our planet will soon look like.
Transferring the American Economy to a Corporate, Rollerball Style of Dictatorship
When something is secret and kept from you, it is usually very bad for you! As America races toward her date with destiny, there is yet another “fundamentally transforming” event coming her way and that event is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a plot designed to hand over control of the world’s governments to private corporate interests and it is all being done in secret. Even Congress is not allowed to examine the TPP provisions.
Under the TPP, for example, GMO labels for US food would not be allowed. To make matters worse, there is an obscure portion of the TPP and other trade agreements which is so diabolical, so devastating, that the planet will eventually resemble the movie, Rollerball, in which a small number of corporations will rule the planet.
Many of us in the media believe that some of the effects of the TPP will be felt before the coming war and martial law crackdown. However, after careful analysis, I am convinced that the brunt of the TPP will be felt after the America we know has been totally taken over in a post-war and post-economic collapse scenario. In other words, following World War III, the United Nations, as a body, will be replaced with the United Corporations. At the end of the day, it does not matter when the implementation of the TPP comes, because when it does, America will no longer be recognizable to anyone who has grown up in this once great country. The reason that America will no longer be recognizable is because America will no longer exist because of a key provision contained in the TPP.
Within a few short years, following implementation of the TPP, which will surely grow from the 40% of the world’s population that it will soon control as it will eventually encompass 100% of the planet. The TPP will eliminate all nation states as the ruling authority and it will be supplanted by corporate authority. This will be made possible because of an obscure provision of the TPP known as the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). ISDS is a key component of the TPP. Unfortunately, for the planet, ISDS principles are being negotiated as I write these words, outside of the Trans Pacific Partnership, in ongoing trade deals between the United States and the European Union. ISDS allows corporations to sue governments, for any government action (at any level, including local government level) which hinders a corporation’s future profits. Literally, Monsanto could provably be poisoning the entire population of a nation and the nation could do nothing which might result in the loss of profits to Monsanto. This also means that as a private citizen, if you organize a boycott against Monsanto, you could be sued in a foreign court for obstructing Monsanto profits.
If a corporation feels that a government has impeded its ability to maximize profits, a suit is filed, outside the country being sued, and the case will be heard by an arbitration panel of trade lawyers, in a jurisdiction totally of the corporation’s choosing. Under ISDS, the dispute panel may only consider the ‘free trade’ values of the case. No other factors may be considered when deciding the case. This means that these corporate panels must disregard values of public health, civil liberties, environmental protection, or the rights of workers (e.g. working conditions) or any other Constitutionally protected liberties.
ISDS will primarily be enacted through the TPP legal process. However, the corporations, growing impatient with the progress of implementation of the TPP have begun to include ISDS in most trade talks on the planet. This means the end of the nation state as we know it and before you applaud the demise of corrupt governments, consider what we are replacing national governments with. We should be reminded of Einstein’s quote about World War III when he said “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” We could adapt Einstein’s quote to something like, “I know not what nations will begin World War III, but World War IV will be fought between rival corporations”.
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In this nightmare scenario, officials from corporations such as Monsanto and Walmart, have complete control of the developmental process of the TPP and the ISDS legal provisions.
Hell on earth has begun in earnest as the Rollerball mentality will soon sweep across the planet!
Dave Hodges is the Editor and Host of The Common Sense Show.