On March 31, 2006, the leaders of America, Canada, and Mexico met in Cancun, Mexico to discuss progress on the implementation of the SPPNA, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a union of the three nations. Corporate leaders from the member nations were also at the meeting during which a press release announced the formation of the NACC (North American Competitiveness Council). This is the latest move in the corporate/government alliance goal of implementing corporate rule for the union of North America, scheduled to be in place by 2010.
A number of people have stated that this new regional trading state of America, Canada, and Mexico (with the senior partner being the USA) is fascism. That would be “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.” [American Heritage Dictionary, 1983]
Today America is moving rapidly toward becoming part of a corporate trading state which benefits multinational corporations through trade agreements (WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA) that transfer constitutional power from the government to unelected corporate bureaucrats and tribunals. These private organizations already trump the authority of Congress and the U.S. court system. Both George Bush and American corporations are attempting to drive down American wages by 2010 in order to diminish the “wage differentials…considerably” between the U.S. and Mexico. And public services will eventually be opened up for bid by private corporations for profit (education, water, museums, social security, etc.) Two important topics not of concern to the rulers of this union are labor (human capital) and the environment.
The North American Competitiveness Council, approved by the three leaders of this new union, has ten members for each nation. The U.S. branch of the NACC has a Secretariat, “composed of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Council of the Americas.” Members of the NACC, “high-level business leaders” (mostly CEOs), will meet with the leader of our nation, as well as ministers (U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security) and other senior government officials.
These business leaders will “advise” the President and Secretaries “on issues of immediate importance and provide high-level, strategic, medium to long term advice.” They will address “numerous subjects of mutual interest and concern among the North American nations in areas as diverse as the movement of goods, traveler security, energy, environment, and health.” No subject is exempt since commerce and trade can be impacted by anything from planning and zoning to foreign policy. [U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Council of the Americas]
Corporations, it appears, will not have to spend so much time lobbying and handing out chump change to politicians in this new corporate/government alliance. They are the government. When they advise our “leaders,” they are really saying, “This is what we want. Handle it.”
In that meeting in Cancun with the CEOs of the NACC, Prime Minister Harper of Canada made it clear who is running this developing union of North America:
“We committed to further engage the private sector. We’ve agreed to set up a North American Competitiveness Council, made up of business leaders from all three countries, to advise us on ways to improve the competitiveness of our economies. They will meet with our ministers, identify priorities, and make sure we follow up and implement them.” [ http:www.humanevents.com/article.php?print=yes&id=15954 ]
The North American Competitiveness Council was, as far as we know, developed behind closed doors, without legal authority. These CEOs have the power to run their empire just by telling the “official” government what they want.
The following is a list of corporate members of the U.S. section of the NACC:
Campell Soup Company, Chevron, Ford, FedEx, General Elecric, General Motors, Kansas City Southern Industries, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Merck, Mittal Steel USA, New York Life, United Parcel Service, Wal-Mart, Whirlpool.
Note that no one voted these CEOs into power.
A comment on American Fascists: “They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultnaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”
Henry Wallace, Vice President of the United States, New York Times, April 9, 1944