Barry Freeman: TPP no better than NAFTA

March 11, 2014 

Giving only one side of an issue must be called by its true name: propaganda. The recent news articles on the opening of talks among the U.S., Mexico and Canada about the Trans Pacific Partnership are good examples of such one-sidedness.

The articles give ample coverage of TPP’s predecessor, NAFTA, regarding its failure to provide U.S. businesses access to immigrant workers from Mexico. However, there is no mention of the hardships on the Mexican people because NAFTA has decimated the economy of Mexico, thereby driving poor Mexicans to cross the border to seek work to support their impoverished families. U.S. businesses profit from cheap labor facilitated by NAFTA.

Many fear that TPP will be even more damaging to poor communities. These one-sided articles obscure to the public the truth as they praise the benefits of TPP to businesses and ignore the cost to the poor. Propaganda.

Barry Freeman

Chapel Hill

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