People are like, way too comfortable nowadays letting corporate mechanisms couple with government. ~
There is definitely a strong trend of opinion that makes it seem rational and ok to many of this opinion (and subsequently the many of their followers and their subjects) to let the rich and big companies basically buy laws. This idea that if you “achieve” through this crazy unstructured racially and gender biased meritocracy then you have shown that you are more capable of making social decisions and are deserving of social or political privilege over others (others being the person with this opinion as well as the many who disagree or have never considered such a concept thoroughly or at all).
The problem with letting “meritocracies” control courts and have a high influence over the laws that get created (as it might appear we are seeing happening / currently proposed in the TPP agreement) is that they will make decisions to cut human costs or environmental costs, even drastically in many circumstances, in order to achieve the goals of those at the top of the “meritocracy” decision structure, their bottom lines.
One of the reasons the authority to make cuts in human and environmental costs is not truly representative of the will of the people the cuts affect, is because the “meritocracy” that exists is not necessarily, and hasn’t been in current history, democratic.
The decision making structures of most corporate entities are not democratic. The decisions are controlled by those at top who mostly have skills unrelated to social sciences, and have no accountability to the people outside their corporation who aren’t directly affected by their corporation’s services.
In the context of trade agreements, international decision making structures mostly consistent of the corporate representatives to lawmakers take precedence over the decisions made by (possibly, and typically more so than corporate entities) democratic decision making processes of the individual individual sovereignties involved in the agreement.