“Comprehensive NATO”: The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement

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H/T Walter Russell Mead

Do you remember all those negative campaign ads in Ohio about how Romney, the Grinch from Bain Capital who believed corporations were people, was a cruel, heartless outsourcer of middle class American jobs?

Note: We have spent years following Obama’s support for the “Trans Pacific Partnership” and we also noticed when he signed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

“But a big idea is taking shape that could revitalize the U.S.-European partnership for the 21st century. It was the talk of Berlin and Hamburg when I was there a week ago, and there’s a similar buzz in Washington. The idea is free trade — specifically, a trans-Atlantic free-trade agreement — which I’ll optimistically call “TAFTA.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tipped the U.S. hand on Nov. 29 when she said at the Brookings Institution, “We are discussing possible negotiations with the European Union for a comprehensive agreement that would increase trade and spur growth on both sides of the Atlantic.” She noted the “long-standing barriers to trade and market access” that would have to be removed to make any such deal possible, such as the European Union’s protectionist agricultural rules.

Clinton is said to envision an “economic NATO” — a comprehensive agreement covering trade in goods, services, investment and agriculture. Indeed, a joint working group of U.S. and E.U. officials is about to release a final report arguing for such a comprehensive deal.”

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15 Comments

  1. By every metric the US and Europe are in a total mess because of these people and yet they still believe they know best. We’re ruled by sociopaths.

  2. The most important thing Europeans and Americans should be doing is scouring Africa clean of negroes.

    It’s what the chinks are gonna do.

  3. “The most important thing Europeans and Americans should be doing is scouring Africa clean of negroes.

    It’s what the chinks are gonna do.”

    I can’t think of a more unproductive use of resources than mass genocide of blacks. Negroes have always been useful as laborers in mining and plantation farming. The Chinese will simply go back to traditional colonial administration in order to exploit the natural resources they need.. God knows they have enough people to field substantial colonial armies in order to keep the natives in line.

    Our problem may be in disrupting Chinese military force through black guerrilla movements in order to keep the supply of rare earth minerals flowing to us.

    This is of course a major strategic downside to the secessionist movement. The lack of a US Navy and Marine Corps in order to extend power globally so as to control mineral resources not prevalent in North America.

    What a fool the US government is right now. Wasting precious wealth in godforsaken wasrelands like Afghanistan instead of establishing control over resource rich areas of Africa and South America.

  4. Re: “ending…the European Union’s protectionist agricultural rules”:

    Thus ending traditional farming in Europe, just as it is being ended here. Henceforth non-traditional, global corporate megafarms in less populated areas will feed and clothe the masses, while non-traditional “niche market and entertainment farming, assisted and subsidised especially for women and other socially disadvantaged groups” will “keep landscapes in more populated areas open and attractive.”

  5. From Atlantic article:

    “….By considering the workers who would have to put the water heater together—in fact, by having those workers right at the table…the team cut the work hours…from 10 hours in China to two hours in Louisville… So a funny thing happened… The material cost went down. The labor required to make it went down. The quality went up. Even the energy efficiency went up. GE wasn’t just able to hold the retail sticker to the “China price.” It beat that price by…20 percent…Time-to-market…improved….Today…Total time from factory to warehouse: 30 minutes. For years, too many American companies have treated the actual manufacturing of their products as incidental…”

    The Idea (touted by most “wn” sadly) is that Americans, whether ‘white ethnics’ or the ‘base” don’t do “Teamwork.” A total lie. The amount of documentation showing the intense community building (as written about in books like Four Seeds of Albion) pays off. And the ‘base population’ has always valued FREE THOUGHT, even back in Europe, and that’s directly bound with their religious practice. So they can THINK.

    That means, ask for innovations and you’ll just get them.

    “Capitalists” who make it their business to toss out that gene pool really are functioning like cheapskate carpetbaggers. (you do gotta pay to play, after all)

  6. Everyone should check out Rudel’s link; that’s a fascinating article. Basically, due to lower energy and labour unit costs, the taming of once strike-prone unions, the speed with which products can be moved from factory to showroom, and the ability to continually upgrade the onsite production process, high-end manufacturing is slowly but surely returning to North America from Asia.

    And why shouldn’t it? Outsourcing has always been a peculiarly Anglo-Saxon affliction, while the Germans and Japanese have managed to profitably keep the bulk of their manufacturing capacity at home. The fact that American corporations are coming to realize the benefits of retaining a good old-fashioned bricks-and-mortar industrial base rather than rushing headlong towards an entirely FIRE-based (finance, insurance, real estate) economy while outsourcing everything else is a rare bit of good news on the economic front.

    As for TAFTA, or the “economic NATO”, I think this is a great idea. All free trade agreements aren’t created equal: it’s one thing to sign FTAs with Asian and Latin American countries with much lower labour costs and much slacker health, safety and environmental standards, but quite another to have free trade with similarly advanced nations like those of Europe. Within NAFTA, Canada and the US compete on a level playing field, but Mexico undercuts both nations with its dirt-cheap wages and total lack of worker-protection standards. Mexico should be kicked out of NAFTA and it should be returned to a two-nation agreement between the advanced economies of Canada and the US as it was originally envisaged.

    Canada and the EU are in the final stages of free trade negotiations, now hung up on side issues like patent protection and supply management, but an agreement is likely to be announced soon. Canada will then gain a competetive advantage over the US in exporting to Europe, so that is no doubt what is driving US policymakers to start their own negotiations with the EU. Walter Russell Mead certainly sounds bullish about the prospects of TAFTA, as well he should be.

    Just like in any free trade agreement, there will be winners and losers. Skipping over the individual sectors of the economy, who will be the regional winners of an FTA with the EU? Above all, the South. Check out this map of the ‘right-to-work’ states, where union power has been curtailed:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Right_to_work.svg

    Almost every Southern state has right-to-work laws, except, curiously enough, Kentucky, which is where the huge GE complex in Louisville has begun insourcing manufacturing from China that is the focus of the Atlantic article that Rudel linked to. These low-cost states are already outcompeting the heavily unionized Rust Belt states of the North for new manufacturing plants, and are in an excellent position to do the same to the even more heavily unionized nations of Europe. It’s no accident that German and Japanese auto manufacturing is concentrated in the South or that Airbus will open their first North American facility in right-to-work Alabama, and this could be the beginning of a flood of similar plant openings if TAFTA ever becomes a reality.

    But more than any economic argument, the best thing about TAFTA is that it will further Western (read: white) unity. For the past few decades, the trend has been towards hemispheric consolidation, with mass immigration from Latin America to the US, and from the Middle East and Africa to Europe, with the push for political and economic unity following the same lines. NATO is just about the last pan-Western institution still standing. Now, this proposal for an economic NATO offers the chance to break out of our existing anti-white north-south geopolitical straitjacket and toward an east-west political/economic/military/migratory alliance between Europe and the European diaspora in North America.

    Implicitly Western and/or white transnational entities like NATO, the EU, the OECD and the G8 should be strengthened and expanded upon, while anti-white organizations like NAFTA with Mexico or the Mediterranean Union (which includes Europe and the Arab world) should be weakened or preferably destroyed outright. That’s why we should not only support TAFTA, but push for its expansion to include Australia, New Zealand and eventually even Russia; i.e. the entire white Western world.

    Free trade with Europe will undoubtably be beneficial to the US, especially the South. But the real benefit will be a shift away from political and economic ties with mostly non-white Latin America and toward mostly white Europe. The ultimate goal should be the creation of a “Fortress West”, a trans-Atlantic bloc of white-majority nations, economically self-sufficient and hostile to any outside immigration. Any economic advantages that would accrue from TAFTA would merely be the icing on the cake.

  7. I would like to see the reconquest of Africa start apace.
    Decimating them would be very productive. Take back the farm lands take back the mines and settle whites there again.

  8. If this was all that good for white workers, and whites generally, would they be doing it?

    It will kill agriculture in Europe, which is a solidly middle class occupation there. It’s about kicking the props from out under them as they have done to us, and with the comparatively higher penetration of immigrants and their even more aggressive natures in Europe, it will hurt European whites more than help American ones.

    Better sniff this dead pig twice.

  9. “If this was all that good for white workers, and whites generally, would they be doing it?”

    Quite.

    “Outsourcing has always been a peculiarly Anglo-Saxon affliction, while the Germans and Japanese have managed to profitably keep the bulk of their manufacturing capacity at home.”

    It’s not Anglo-Saxon. It’s Jewish. Hence why globalization – which is basically just the looting of capital from the ex-Anglosphere countries – started around the time when Jews became the dominant part of the ruling elite in the early 1980s.

    “The fact that American corporations are coming to realize the benefits of retaining a good old-fashioned bricks-and-mortar industrial base rather than rushing headlong towards an entirely FIRE-based (finance, insurance, real estate) economy while outsourcing everything else is a rare bit of good news on the economic front.”

    That’s not the reason they’re doing it. The reason is wage costs are rising in China and energy costs are decreasing in America because of shale.

    Globalists treat the whole world as a giant colony and shift production round to wherever it’s cheapest. They have zero loyalty to the nation or people and are just as bad as marxists.

  10. “It’s not Anglo-Saxon. It’s Jewish.”

    That’s not to say the other components of the ruling elite didn’t join in but the very striking difference between Germany and Japan (most non-exAnglosphere countries in fact) in terms of outsourcing is to do with the proportion of their ruling elite who have no sense of loyalty to their supposed nation – like with most things it’s a question of tipping points.

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