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Don’t Look at that Trade Policy Behind the Curtain

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 22, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Can’t win a political argument?  Then put everyone to sleep in order to get your way.  Details of the new US-EU trade agreement will be public — in 30 years.  This relevant point is buried behind inscrutable acronyms, boring jargon, and trendy words such as “transparency” or “stake-holder.”

“One might be forgiven for concluding from this, and in general from the obfuscatory and often downright misleading bureaucratese in which TTIP’s aims are framed, that they are trying to hide something,” according to Steven Poole writing in the US edition of The Guardian.  “However, the official TTIP literature itself relentlessly invokes the modish political virtue of “transparency”.

See the full clever and informative article here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/21/steven-poole-language-power-disarm-concerned-citizen

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