Event Title

Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Speaker

Stan Sorscher

Streaming Media

Description

Are not trade agreements about exports and imports? With globalization, trade agreements are playing a larger role - setting moral, social, political and economic values. Under the Articles of Confederation, economic integration in the United States went badly. We created the Constitution in 1789 as a stronger political system. When the European Union integrated its economies, it set up a parallel political system with the European Constitution, the European Commission and the European Parliament. NAFTA and other trade agreements pushed us into stronger economic integration. We have not dealt with the question of governance at the global level. Instead, policies have developed under the influence of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. Dispute settlement tribunals developed as another political structure. Today, we are negotiating two large trade agreements - the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, that will set terms favorable for global companies and investors. These agreements will cover 80% of the world's economy and determine how life is organized at the global level for a generation or two.

About the Lecturer: Stan Sorscher is Labor Representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and President of Washington Fair Trade Coalition

Document Type

Event

Start Date

29-4-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

29-4-2015 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Trade agreements, Globalization, Economic integration

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Language

English

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Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Are not trade agreements about exports and imports? With globalization, trade agreements are playing a larger role - setting moral, social, political and economic values. Under the Articles of Confederation, economic integration in the United States went badly. We created the Constitution in 1789 as a stronger political system. When the European Union integrated its economies, it set up a parallel political system with the European Constitution, the European Commission and the European Parliament. NAFTA and other trade agreements pushed us into stronger economic integration. We have not dealt with the question of governance at the global level. Instead, policies have developed under the influence of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. Dispute settlement tribunals developed as another political structure. Today, we are negotiating two large trade agreements - the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, that will set terms favorable for global companies and investors. These agreements will cover 80% of the world's economy and determine how life is organized at the global level for a generation or two.

About the Lecturer: Stan Sorscher is Labor Representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and President of Washington Fair Trade Coalition