TPP negotiators are considering a dispute resolution process that would grant transnational corporations special authority to challenge countries’ laws, regulations and court decisions in international tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems.
There are some words that some people can use and others really really can’t. TV Tropes refers to this phenomenon as “N-Word Privileges“. What does that mean? Well, a discussion from a linguist talking about the way the expressive nature of language depends on context (with specific reference to said “n-word”) may shed some light on the matter.
I happened to be in London at the time of the jubilee celebrations. This was a coincidence. I was there for other reasons. The celebrations were very strange to me. I spent the Sunday evening in G-A-Y bar in Soho, where the crowd were watching the jubilee concert on the television screens, and cheering and waving Union flags. I have rarely felt less English.
As countries run low on money, they have to decide what expenditure should be cut, and what is the core that should be protected. In Sweden, the state pensions have been held sacrosanct. That, they decided, is what it’s all about. That’s the expenditure that matters. How has your country decided its priorities? Where does the axe fall?