How trade agreements inscribe class hierarchies on the emerging global order.
On November 19-21, 2014, politicians and academics from the world over assembled in Santiago to rethink the “social question” in global terms. Social reformers and socialists have debated how to address social rights and inequalities for well over a century, but typically within the nation. Globalization demands that we think increasingly about how to engage class formations across nations.
The gathering in Santiago brought progressives from the U.S., Europe, Africa and Latin America together to discuss and analyze how class articulates international organizations and global flows. Trade agreements moved to the center of debate.
TTIP is more than an economic question; it is a question of who is writing the rules of the emerging global order.
The “Next Left” knowledge network—funded by the EU’s Foundation for European Progressive Studies and affiliated with the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament—had already organized an October meeting in Washington to debate with Americans the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Party of European Socialists needs to figure its place in that proposal for increasing trade and harmonizing regulations between the U.S. and the EU. Its support, or opposition, will determine the agreement’s fate within the European Parliament.