The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement issue needs to be taken seriously by New Zealand’s news media. Last Saturday (14 November 2015), many news outlets including Maori TV, One News, The New Zealand Herald, the Sunday Star-Times, The Dominion Post and Radio New Zealand failed to cover the nationwide day of action to oppose the TPPA.
3 News broadcast a 1 minute story that showed pictures of the protests in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. However, the network subtly promoted the idea that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement can’t be stopped by saying, “Critics of the deal believe there’s still time for New Zealand to back out of the deal” and reiterated the point at the end. This fatalistic ‘Protesting is Hopeless’ tactic was used by the corporate media worldwide during the Occupy movement protests in 2011-2012.
Other news outlets that did cover the rallies and marches were the Manawatu Standard, the Gisborne Herald, the Nelson Mail, The Press, the Rotorua Daily Post and the Otago Daily Times. Christchurch’s newspaper The Press reported that 400 people turned out in the city, where two Darleks were recruited to exterminate the TPPA.
Concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are neither ‘conspiracy theory’ nor are they ‘boring’, which are perennial attitudes that persist in news outlets among reporters, editors and producers about issues that require a cerebral commitment to understand. Indeed, the issues captured by the TPPA are critically important to communicate.
In an opinion piece entitled TPPA debate: We need a free trade of opinions in The Press, Donna Mojab-Miles made the point that the debate on the TPPA has, to date, restricted the “free market of thoughts and ideas”. Mojab-Miles argued that a healthy democracy requires people to be skeptical of those who wield power. Because the debate has been so limited, the majority of the public is unaware that a core pillar of the ‘free market’ facade has all along been to dominate and win a ‘war of position’ by making people think ‘There Is No Alternative’ (or the hegemony of TINA).
In other words, the key insiders driving so called free trade agreements seek to shell-out democratic processes and transfer political and economic power to supranational institutions that are beyond the reach of nation-state populations. Their Global Neo-Colonial Project seeks to drown-out alternatives such as resilient, self-determining communities operating with cooperatives, permaculture principles and off-grid designs. In short, a global counter-movement – #WorldRising – is needed to dismantle the Global Neo-Colonial Project. One that articulates the alternatives, the projects, the inventiveness and possibilities imagined.
Indeed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is not so much a ‘free trade’ deal. This investors’ agreement is really a Mega Cartel Deal. Vast transnational corporations seek to create huge economic blocs to dominate markets, up the ante in economic warfare (or ‘the Shock Doctrine’) and construct corporatized totalitarian superstates, as Snoopman News made clear in a think-piece, Almost Fully Operational: The Mega Cartel Death Star. In other words, democracy is being shelled-out and replaced with hi-tech bureaucracies called technocracies, which are designed as totalitarian forms of government to be run by technocrats, engineers and scientists working on behalf of unseen oligarchs (or super-rich people).