Many sincere free traders are in favor of the TPP because they think it really promotes free trade.
Maybe that includes the Washington Post editorial board.
Not everyone has been paying attention to the leaks. Based on those it's clear there is a lot of special interest thievery in there, esp. regarding "intellectual property".
Maybe there's also some genuine free trade stuff in there. Maybe not. It's a secret what's in there so we can't tell.
The secrecy was deemed necessary as a way of end-running protectionist special interests. And the ISDS stuff could, maybe, really promote free trade - there are plenty of places with protectionism disguised as legitimate regulation.
The leaks so far seem to indicate the worst.
Have our nominated delegates negotiated a free trade agreement, or have they faithlessly been corrupted by special interests?
Until we can see what's in there, I'm assuming the public has been screwed. Because that's usually what happens when nobody is watching. But I hope I'm wrong.
Like all people, some have a sense of fairness, some don't.
The problem is that business schools teach that fairness has no place in corporate management. So those with a sense of fairness get talked out of it (most of them), and those with a sense of fairness don't get hired for management positions (because biz school said that's inappropriate).
The problem is mostly with "professional" managers - they're the ones with the MBAs.
Business schools are evil.
Corporations run by founders and family usually show a sense of fairness.