Using international agreements to impose an elites utopian visions on society against the peoples wishes is abhorrent. It is also a practice that is getting totally out of hand. That’s why this type of post is so heartening:
TODAY IS THE DAY TO KILL ACTA: Today is the day of global protest against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty negotiated in secret (even parliaments and other legislatures weren’t allowed to see the the working drafts), and which many governments (include the American government) are planning to adopt without legislative approval or debate. ACTA represents a wish-list of legislative gifts to the entertainment industry, and will seriously undermine legitimate users of the Internet. It imposes criminal sanctions — with jail time — for people who violate copyright, including remixers and other legitimate artists and creators. ACTA requires governments to shut down legitimate websites whose users “aid and abet” copyright infringement, creating a regime of fear and censorship for sites that accept comments and other media from users and curtailing discussion and debate in order to maximize entertainment industry profits….
Many European nations — including, most recently, Germany — have halted their involvement in ACTA. The tide is turning. We won the SOPA fight. We can win this one.
Needless to say the the European Union (EU) is the trend setter in this progressive nightmare. Remember the Lisbon treaty:
Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe: The Treaty was signed on 29 October 2004 by representatives of the then 25 EU member states. It was later ratified by 18 member states, which included referenda endorsing it in Spain and Luxembourg. However the rejection of the document by French and Dutch voters in May and June 2005 brought the ratification process to an end.
Following a period of reflection, the Treaty of Lisbon was created to replace the Constitutional Treaty. This contained many of the changes that were originally placed in the Constitutional Treaty but was formulated as amendments to the existing treaties. Signed on 13 December 2007, the Lisbon Treaty entered into force on 1 December 2009.
Now democratically elected governments are dictated to by faceless foreign bureaucrats. Stop it. Enough already. Don’t they teach history anymore? Don’t they know the backlash they will unleash? Youth unemployment is approaching or even exceeding 50% in some developed countries. There’s plenty of kindling for a fire. Once unleashed it will make the Arab Spring seem like a Tea Party. Europe has a long and bloody history. It no doubt has a long and bloody future. But lets not bring this future forward.
Massive unemployment is occurring while overly indebted States are running unsustainable deficits. When the deficits are reigned in, there will almost certainly be a rise in unemployment. Just as the heroin addict suffers withdrawal symptoms when denied their fix, so will our economies when the financial heroin is withheld. This does not mean that withdrawal is of necessity a bad thing. Giving a drunk another bottle of booze may delay the hangover. But eventually it will kill him. Better perhaps to sober up, however unpleasant the experience may be. We will have our debt/credit hangover, better sooner rather than later. Better while our socioeconomic system draws breath.
But please, lets get sober in a democracy rather than under a despot. Using treaties to deny democracy undermines the power of the ballot box. Undermine it enough and people will lose faith in it. What will they turn to then?
ACTA is but one example of an appalling practice. The use of treaties, particularly ones connected with the UN to thwart democracy. Far too often the UN is used as a mechanism to impose the will of an alien elite on vibrant societies. The energy unleashed to stop ACTA must be focused on the real problem, subservience to foreign treaties and the UN. This mechanism for denying us our freedoms be must be closed. Only then can this route to despotism be blocked.