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Privatized Planet: 'Free Trade' as a Weapon Against Democracy, Healthcare and the Environment by T.J. Coles

If you thought we had defeated the big trade and investment deals like TTIP and TPP think again. Privatized Planet exposes the myths about 'free trade' in this new age of globalization. A columnist with Axis of Logic, T.J. Coles regularly writes about politics and human rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the New Statesman, Peace Review, teleSUR, Truthout and Z Magazine. Books include Britain's Secret Wars, The Great Brexit Swindle, President Trump, Inc., Fire and Fury and the anthology Voices for Peace (2017), which he edited. Paperback Length: 208 pages Language: English Publisher: New Internationalist (21 March 2019) Size: 21.5cm x 13.5cm


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Privatized Planet exposes the truth about 'free trade' in the post-financial crisis world. Quoting leaked documents, corporate lobby memos and a host of other primary sources, it seeks to prove that corporate globalization is changing shape, not coming to an end.

Author T.J. Coles takes us on a tour of US-led corporate free trade deals from WWII to the present. He argues that activists helped beat back the big multilateral trade deals, TTIP and TPP, and that they must now pay attention to the 'noodle bowl' of bilateral deals being signed in secret, like the ongoing US-UK free trade deal.

Whether it's privatizing Britain’s National Health Service, lobbying to get genetically-modified foods and hormone-treated beef into Europe, pushing fracking on Eastern European countries, or murdering environmental activists in the third world, the US-led corporate empire will stop at nothing until the planet is in private hands. But Coles says there’s plenty we can do to stop it… and his book shows how.

'In this meticulously sourced book, T.J. Coles breaks down the facade of "free trade" and its army of acronyms, spelling out the threat from an extremism that wants your healthcare, wages, pensions and much more. You have been warned.' John Pilger, author of The New Rulers of the World.

‘Privatized Planet demonstrates that what the corporatocracy calls “free trade” is a tool of enslavement; it frees the billionaires to entrap and exploit the rest of us’ John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

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