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Trading Democracy

57 min
HF1756 .B55 2004 DVD

Everyone has heard about NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, but almost no one has heard about one of NAFTA's obscure provisions - except for multinational corporations who are using it to challenge democracy. Bill Moyers Reports: Trading Democracy is the first television investigation of NAFTA's Chapter 11 - what has been called an "end run around the Constitution." Corporate investors are using Chapter 11 to attack public laws that protect our health and our environment - and even challenge jury verdicts. The cases are not heard in open court, but before international trade tribunals that rule in secret. The program details a system of private justice that is enabling companies to obtain covertly what they would be unlikely to achieve publicly in America's legislatures or courts.

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