Thoughts on TPP & Dogmatic Professors

I haven’t paid much attention to the TPP. The arguments for and against it are probably the same as with NAFTA in the 90’s.

I saw some farmers had put signs by the road in Okinawa to protest it, and I was kind of curious when the Japanese PM was visiting the white house to talk about TPP, but Obama interrupted to give a 15 minute speech on racism because of the recent violence in Boston. That’s fine, but what annoyed me was CNN cut the feed when Obama finished and the Japanese PM had literally opened his mouth about to talk about TPP. CNN’s editors must have thought Americans don’t care much speeches by foreign heads of state, because they switched to a long discussion on racism with a bunch of commentators sitting in a newsroom. I bet the Japanese papers the next morning focused on the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to the white house and the speech he gave.

I don’t think there is anything regular people can do about that. The media companies are going to keep lobbying until they have what they want, and we’ve seen that the default position of politicians is to support them. They don’t listen to the citizens.

The only hope for TPP is that the third world countries will act in their own self-interests and reject copyright. I remember that they tried this before, and the Uruguay round failed because third world countries thought the US gained too much from the proposed copyright standards. But these corporations will always keep trying to score new predatory economic victories.

Many people with business backgrounds are also dogmatically trained to support copyright laws. I don’t know if younger people think differently, but the only professors I’ve had balanced views on piracy were Indians (“Education should be free!”), or in the IT field.

I even had a Business law professor who told her students to buy digital books over used books (which are re-saleable), because she had went to a conference and learned that local publishers were “really hurting.” Business professors also tote the Reganomics nonsense too much; I honestly wonder if they truly believe the myth that trickle down benefits the poor. It’s hard to tell whether your professors actually believe in the textbooks they teach from. If they no longer do, then they should be honest and share their findings.


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