The WTO prioritizes trade and commercial considerations over all other values. WTO rules generally require domestic laws, rules and regulationsdesigned to further worker, consumer, environmental, health, safety, humanrights, animal protection or other non-commercial interests to beundertaken in the "least trade restrictive" fashion possible -- almostnever is trade subordinated to these noncommercial concerns.
2. The WTO destabilize democracy:
The WTO undermines democracy. Its rules drastically shrink the choicesavailable to democratically controlled governments, with violations potentially punished with harsh penalties. The WTO actually pushes thisdominating of domestic decisions about how economies should be organizedand corporations controlled. "Under WTO rules, once a commitment has beenmade to liberalize a sector of trade, it is difficult to reverse," the WTOsays in a paper on the benefits of the organization which is published onits web site. "Quite often, governments use the WTO as a welcome externalconstraint on their policies: 'we can't do this because it would violatethe WTO agreements.'"
3. The WTO does not just regulate, it actively promotes, global trade:
The WTO does not just regulate, it actively promotes, global trade. Itsrules are biased to facilitate global commerce at the expense of effortsto promote local economic development and policies that move communities,countries and regions in the direction of greater self-reliance.
4. The WTO hurts the Third World
:The WTO hurts the Third World. WTO rules force Third World countries toopen their markets to rich country multinationals, and abandon efforts to protect infant domestic industries. In agriculture, the opening to foreignimports, soon to be imposed on developing countries, will catalyze amassive social dislocation of many millions of rural people.
5. The WTO removes the spirit from the Precautionary Principle:
The WTO eviscerates the Precautionary Principle. WTO rules generally block countries from acting in response to potential risk -- requiring a probability before governments can move to resolve harms to human healthor the environment.
6. The WTO crushes diversity:
The WTO crushes diversity. WTO rules establish international health,environmental and other standards as a global ceiling through a process of "harmonization;" countries or even states and cities can only exceed them by overcoming high hurdles.