Why Every Author, Writer, Blogger Should be Concerned about the TPP

I hate news. It’s sad these days, but when news like this affects freedoms to blog, use quotes or anything else to that affect, I have to share it.

First, TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is a bill that the Obama administration is pushing just as hard to ramrod through congress with as much force as he used for the Affordable Care Act.

Except this time, this will affect us. All of us on WordPress, Blogspot, authors, writers, researchers because it will enforce tougher copyright laws than ever before. This is concerning because it will not only limit our access, yes access to information, but it will alter and influence WHAT we know, keeping us in the dark about several things, so that whomever can legislate whatever through blind eyes. Think of North Korean’s access to information; its so limited that many cannot even comprehend a concept like freedom, or they would all be clawing to get out of North Korea.

This is what the dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four encompasses: An all around control of every aspect of our lives and access to information, our access to truth.

I can’t emphasize enough that we are truly at an historical crossroads at this day and time. 2008-2016 will go down in history books as the years that defined the future for generations to come.

So much is up for grabs, so many moving pieces, who knows where it all ends and where it begins. I only know this: This bill is so secret that people voting on it can’t even see what they are voting on.

If that doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck rise, I don’t know what does.
Hemingway, Faulkner, C.S. Lewis, Heschel, Twain, Elliott: these people needed freedom. Freedom of artistic expression. Freedom to access information for research, to tell us stories that would influence our very outlooks on life and death, suffering and justice. And writers are standing up today, emerging for their times and purposes and will be squashed out in the name of “protection laws” and safety, selling our freedoms for personal affluence and safety (sound familiar?)

My concern is the ambiguity on several mainstream reports on this. It’s not so much about what is said that concerns me, but what’s not being said. Its vague, translucent, meaningless … yeah 11 countries are voting on it.. but what? There is nothing concrete, it’s all abstract.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is a creepy silence I wrote a poem about a few months back, after the Charlie Hebdo attack, that seems to be more prophetic in nature the more time marches on.

Screaming Silence

There is silence in the air.
The absence of words not spoken.
A freedom taken that was a token.
The eerie chill of emptiness that inhabits those places
that were once filled with words, opinions, stances.
Quietness takes over, implants itself on fingertips
Maybe too wise to write or too afraid to express
the fear inside of this big, jumbled mess.
There is change, you see
It’s taken over you, it’s taken over me.
The second thoughts of, “Should I post this? Should I say that?”
Where the Internet is now the front line, and artists are the target.
Words are not free; blood was shed
shed for you, shed for me.
To read this poem or to even write it.
To scribble a drawing, or even comprise it.
Something must arise,
But when? Something soon.
Before it’s too late and silence becomes our fate.
“Keep it mum, keep it light.” We say, “That will keep us out of the fight.”
But is that true? Is that Right?
To keep quiet in the midst of attack,
The silent war that grows like a cancer.
Its rate is that of a panther.
To be loud means to be a target,
but to be silent, means freedom forgotten.
What choice will it be?
Will it be you or will it be me?
To speak again with expression,
without the fear of aggression.

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