Two quite different videos for you.
First is a public talk I gave recently on the TTIP trade agreement and its Investor State Dispute Settlement ISDS. I have been giving this talk up and down the country for most of the last two years, updating it as events have unfolded. Most of what I say is about the way Arbitration works, who the arbitrators are and what power arbitration gives to corporations. Therefore almost everything I say applies just as accurately to the TPP as well. If you want to skip what I say about the TTIP itself and skip to where I talk about Arbitration then skip down to about 12.25.
I can I also say that while I have harsh – but true – things to say about US food and animal standards I would like to point out that in return Europe wants America to lower its standards on trading derivatives. So I don’t want anyone to think America is the bady here and Europe all peaches and cream. If the TTIP goes through Europe will export its insane and stupid ideas about derivatives to America. The losers here will be the ordinary people on both sides of the pond, the only winners will be the corporations.
The title of the talk is “The Death of Democracy”.
The other video is completely different. It’s a panel discussion I was involved in at last year’s Hay on Wye Philosophy festival. The panel was me, Oxford Professor of Chemistry Peter Atkins and Steve Fuller, Postmodernist sociologist from Warwick University. The debate asked if Science has become like a religion for some people? The title was “This is our Church.” I got accused of being anti-science which surprised me and made me laugh. See what you think.
If you don’t want to watch the entire debate then follow the link which will take you to their page where you can watch each section on its own.