In response to our recent discussion of the TPP, alert reader Matthew Bruckner pointed out that NPR's Planet Money podcast covered the trade pact recently. Unfortunately, many of the aspects covered were the traditional tariff-related aspects of the deal rather than provisions like ISDS that make it so dangerous. And even as to ISDS, the reporters seem to conclude that because the deal prohibits tobacco companies from using ISDS, it can't be too bad (ignoring the possibility for a country's regulations to be attacked before a slanted tribunal by, for instance, polluters who want to water down environmental regulations or automakers frustrated by safety requirements). Still interesting and well worth a listen, here. Thanks, Matthew.
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Thanks for the shout-out.