Sold Out by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes

April 20-22, 2001 we drove some 8.5 hours to be present at the “Summit of the Americas” in Quebec City.  It was the third summit and the multinational corporations were heavily represented as well as the Heads of State from the governments of the Americas. Security was heavy with a continuous 3 metre high concrete and wire fence. The police force amounted to a small army dressed in the universal black assault uniform. They said there was some 20,000 protesters. The numbers were more like 100,000 people. The protesters were divided into three groups – green for peaceful protest, then there were yellow and red. The yellows and reds breached the fence in no time and the police responded by using tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets on the greens. We were tear gassed.

These Trades Deals tend to be negotiated in private without public input or oversight. To me, one of the most egregious part to these agreements is Chapter 11. Multinational Corportions, under the guise of investor protection, are able to sue governments over environmental and economic regulations. That constitues the ultimate “Sell out” of the people! Please feel free to reblog.


20 thoughts on “Sold Out by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes

    • I have heard that one by George Carlin before, and of course he is right. Most of us know what is going on. We are working on a plan to retake our countries.


      • Many have seen this replayed on most social media, true.
        However your lyrics “Sold Out” reminded me of the important words from George Carlin:
        …”Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

        They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want:

        They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests.

        Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!

        You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fucking place! It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.

        By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you. “…

        *The time has past for a “GOOD” leader to be in office to truly change this fraudulent system; radical change is now the requisite for a different paradigm. Many “GOOD” people will resist that as they “believe” the system they grew up trusting can be saved.

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  1. Well done, Leslie. Here in Australia this deal is also being negotiated in total secrecy and one of the biggest concerns is exactly the one you mention, the ability of overseas investors to sue a country for anything they consider affects their profits. We have already experienced this with our plain-packaging laws for cigarettes that the tobacco companies are still fighting everywhere on earth they can get a hearing. What is it going to take to get ordinary people to stand up and say, “No” ?

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    • We’re saying “NO” now! The “Free Trade” mentality is the based on the “Greater Fool” theory. Any economist who tries to peddle the idea that you can build an economy on undermining your home industries and the power of local democracies violates common sense. We’ve been “Sold Out”

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