[Marxism] An Imperial Transatlantic Market; Humanite France
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Jean-Claude Paye : An Imperial Transatlantic Market
By Jean-Claude Paye, a sociologist (1)
An Imperial Transatlantic Market
A resolution passed by the European Parliament in May 2008 has
conferred legitimacy upon a project of establishing a hyge
transatlantic market by 2015. It envisages elimination of customs,
technical or regulatory barriers to trade, as well as deregulation of
public procurement, intellectual property and investment. The agreement
provides for increasing the coordination of regulations and, above all,
for mutual recognition of rules in effect on both sides of the ocean.
In fact, U.S. law will apply.
In parallel, some discreet debate arises with the aim of establishing a
common area for the control of population. In a secret report drafted
by experts of six member states, a project has been developed for
establishing transatlantic cooperation in matters of “freedom,
security, and justice” from now to 2014. The issue concerns
restructuring member countries’ interior and justice agencies “with
respect to foreign relations of the European Union,” i.e. essentially
their relations with the United States.
In addition to the transfer of personal data and cooperation between
police agencies, already implemented to a large extent, the challenge
of establishing such a program makes possible the extradition of Union
nationals to U.S. authorities. We recall that the European writ of
arrest, a consequence of the established “Area of Freedom, Security,
and Justice” between EU member states, cancels any guarantees formerly
extended by the extradition procedure. The writ of arrest is based on
the principle of mutual recognition. It states that all legal
provisions of the requesting state are unquestionably consistent with
principles of the rule of law. If such an area of transatlantic
cooperation is established, it will entail the recognition of the
entire U.S. legal system by the 27 countries and any U.S. requests for
extradition would be honored automatically after some simple procedural
The parallelism between deregulation of exchanges between the two
continents and U.S. control of the European population has been in
effect through the 13 years of negotiation proceedings.
The progress achieved in establishing a transatlantic market is due to
the activity of a Euro-American institution, the Transatlantic Policy
Network. Founded in 1992 to bring together European Parliament
deputies, U.S. Congress members and private business, it calls for
establishing a Euro-American political, economic and military bloc. It
is supported by numerous think tanks, such as the Aspen Institute, and
receives funding from U.S. and European multinational corporations.
An important component of this “Area of Freedom, Security, and
Justice,” a general agreement on the transfer of personal data, is
being finalized. An internal report written jointly by negotiators from
the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on the U.S. side, and
Coreper, a team of permanent representatives of the European Union, has
announced that an agreement to that effect will be in place in early
The negotiators have reached agreement on 12 basic principles. In fact,
the deal is to release permanently to U.S. authorities a number of
personal data such as credit card numbers, bank account details,
investments undertaken, travel itineraries or Internet contacts, as
well as data associated with the person — namely, race, political
opinions, morals, religion, etc.
The Americans put their requirements into the current economic context.
The issue is not to be able to transmit such data to administrative
authorities, which has already been implemented to a large extent, but
rather to be able to communicate them legitimately to the private
sector. The point is to remove any legal obstacles to the distribution
of information and to ensure keeping its costs as low as possible. The
deal should be economically viable, first of all.
The European negotiators have relinquished their own authority
regarding the need for independent control and have accepted American
criteria. They accept self-supervision of the executive branch, and
acknowledge that the internal control system of the U.S. Government
provides sufficient assurances. They have accepted the use of data
concerning “race,” religion, political opinions, health, and sexual
life by any government subject to incorporation of appropriate
protection in the domestic law. Each government would decide for itself
whether it complies with this obligation or not.
The process leading to establishing a great transatlantic market is the
opposite of the construction of the European Union. The European common
market is primarily an economic structure based on deregulation of the
exchange of goods. The great transatlantic market relies upon supremacy
of the U.S. law. This is primarily a political structure, and even
setting up a Transatlantic Assembly is suggested. Establishing new
property and exchange relations is subject to accepting U.S.
sovereignty over the European population and legitimizing such powers
by the Union—to convert personal data into a commodity, and to set such
a large market free from any impediment.
 (1) Author of « La fin de l’État de droit », La Dispute Publishers,
2004 (Global War on Liberty, Telos Press, 2007).
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