Articles about Corporations
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My Home, My Land - An Illustrated Overview of Land Grabbing
My Home, My Land is a graphic representation of much of the Oakland Institute's work on land grabs. Illustrated by the Institute's Intern Scholar, Abner Hauge, this publication dismantles the many myths promoted by so-called donor countries, development agencies, and...
The Asshole Factory
My good friend Mara has not one but two graduate degrees. From fine, storied universities. Surprise, surprise: the only “job” she was able to find was at a retail store. Hey—it’s only minimum wage, but at least she’s working, right? And at a major-league, blue-chip company...
How Companies Make Us Forget We Need to Consume Less to Stop Climate Change
We will have to consume less, not more, if we are serious about tackling climate change. So how do businesses like Coca-Cola lure us into forgetting that inconvenient truth? Recycle more, opt for “sustainable” products, offset your flights. In short, do anything, just please...
Neoliberalism Is Not an Institution, But Rather a Paranormal Activity (Completely Normalized and Legally Ratified)
Believe you me, neoliberalism is not an institution, but rather a paranormal activity (completely normalized and legally ratified) which operates both in and outside ourselves. This is how it directs our behaviors, those we impose upon ourselves and those we project onto...
Monsanto: Profile of a Psychopath
It is said that if a modern, successful corporation were a type of person, it would be a psychopath.  With this in mind, Jason Louv assesses ‘Patient Monsanto’ An Evaluation of Psychopathic Traits in Patient MONSANTO (NYSE: MON) From my confidential clinical records of...
10 Powerful Images Explain Why We Should Be Worried About TTIP/CETA
The EU is negotiating two far-reaching trade agreements: one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic...
Confronting Industrialism: If You Can't Clean It Up, Don't Make it!
Modern industrial capitalism is based on a simple premise, writes Derrick Jensen: our mother Earth is a great store of raw materials for us to pillage, and a vast trashcan for our endless volumes of waste, no matter how long-lived and deadly. How can this be changed? First we...
Democrats & Republicans Uniting to Oppose Corporate Rule?!
There is a huge political divide between the Democrat Party’s leadership and its local voters. There is an equally huge political divide between the Republican Party’s leadership and its local voters. In a nutshell, the divide can be summed up like this. Voters from across...
Why I Have Resigned from the Telegraph
The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril. Five years ago I was invited to become the chief political...
Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil
Patricia Gualinga stands serenely as chaos swirls about her. I find this petite woman with striking black and red face paint at the head of the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. She is adorned with earrings made of brilliant bird feathers and...
An Anti-Capitalist Woman Invented Monopoly and a Man Got All the Credit
The surprising origins of a beloved board game In March of 1903, a single woman in her late thirties walked into the U.S. Patent Office to secure her claim to a board game she had been diligently designing in the hours she stole from her day job as a stenographer. Lizzie...
Argentina: The Country That Monsanto Poisoned
American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren’t confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. They routinely contaminate homes and classrooms and drinking water. A growing chorus of doctors...
Whatever is Neo-Liberalism?
Neo-liberalism, like capitalism, is not usually a consciously accepted ideology it is a descriptive term. In fact neo-liberalism is best understood as the particular form and stage of capitalism that we are suffering under at this present time. Thomas G Clarke of 'Another...
NGOs - Do They help?
NGOs are no longer seen as the blameless agents of benevolence. Dinyar Godrej inspects the charge-sheet against them. Not today: a girl walks past a school in Kibera, a Nairobi slum without running water or electricity, where 800 aid organizations operate. © Noor Khamis...
Whatever is Neo-Colonialism?
Neo-colonialism: what is it? The no messin' answer. Neo-colonialism is the successor to colonialism or empire building. In the 18th and 19th centuries European countries were fairly advanced and powerful on a global scale. During that time they colonised most of the rest of...
7 Candidates for Corporate Rip-Off of the Year
There are so many to choose from. Every one of these selections is an act of corporate treachery that takes billions of dollars from the American people.  1. Selling Medication For Up To 100 Times More Than It's Worth  Pharmaceutical companies reap billions of dollars in...
Bernie Sanders to Colbert: "Frightening the Billionaire Class" Should Be Goal of Grassroots Movement
Appearing on Monday night's Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Sen. Bernie Sanders told the show's host that he's still contemplating how best to use his leadership skills to challenge the elite and corporate forces that are undermining U.S. democracy and destroying shared...
"This Ain't Capitalism"
It’s a recurring theme lately that whenever one will point out suffering and generally bad stuff happening because of Capitalism, right-wing libertarian apologists will pop-up from the woodwork to point out that “This ain’t Capitalism”. They will claim that the government...
An Invitation to Anarchism
The word “anarchist” is thrown around a lot these days. When discussing their mild disagreements over foreign policy, healthcare, tax rates, gun control, immigration, torture, or the war on drugs, it’s not uncommon for a Republican or Democrat to hurl the word at each other...
How the Not-For-Profit Model Holds the Key to Creating a People-First Economy in Balance with Nature
As businesses increasingly embrace a not-for-profit culture, an end to overconsumption on a finite planet could finally be in sight. But given the huge lobbying power of vested interests, it will remain impossible to create a truly sustainable world until the illegitimate...
You’ve Heard of Ello, but Have You Heard of Diaspora*?
You’ve heard of Ello, but have you heard of Diaspora*? There’s been a hell of a hullaballoo this last week about the newly public social media platform, Ello. If you’re not too familiar with the rumblings surrounding it, people are fairly taken with the network because it...
Brilliant Comic of Banksy's Call To Arms Against Advertisers
Banksy is an anoynomous English street artist and activist who has become a cult hero for his anti-establishment and rebellious artwork.
How Not to Fight the 1%
In an article that will no doubt make “progressive” hearts go pitty-pat (“The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows,” Bloomberg, August 7), Jeanna Smialek suggests that top 1%’s wealth is far greater even than official statistics indicate – and that because so much...
The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had
The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case might not have been surprising, but there's at least one aspect of the media coverage of the company that fails in a big way: Few outlets note that the company was providing the very type of health coverage it finds...
Corporations Will Eat You for Breakfast
How to find job security and avoid corporate slavery. Today the agency I work for announced to project team leads they’re ending a relationship with a major client whom they’ve worked with for the last 17 months. In addition to my management duties on this project, I am...
Don't Be So 1980's! Businesses Can Create Solutions Too!
Back in in the day, an activist colleague of mine liked to wisecrack that whenever corporations talked about environmental solutions everyone could live with, what they meant were "solutions" only a politically acceptable number of people would die from. That is so 1980s...
Walmart Admits: 'Our Profits' Depend on 'Their Poverty'
Critics cite irony of annual report filing: 'This is a company that everywhere it goes it creates poverty' Although a notorious recipient of "corporate welfare," Walmart has now admitted that their massive profits also depend on the funding of food stamps and other public...
The Power of Three Words: 'Not-for-Profit'
Ever since we started writing and speaking about our current book project, How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit World by 2050, we have been amazed by one phenomenon in particular. When we have a chance to explain to people what not-for-profit (NFP) enterprise...
Who Controls the Corporate Media Message?
The question I hear time and time again from audiences who see my documentary film, Broadcast Blues is, "Why did you leave your lucrative career in broadcasting to become a media reform activist?" The truth is that, once upon a time, I worked in a newsroom where a corporate...
The story behind America's fast food worker uprising
The unions, especially the SEIU, are backing this campaign for $15 wages. Some worry the workers are being used like pawns   The sight one year ago of scores of fast-food workers walking off their jobs and marching through the streets of New York City demanding $15 an hour...
Stop Saying "Do What You Love, Love What You Do." It Devalues Actual Work.
“Do what you love. Love what you do.” The command is framed and perched in a living room that can only be described as “well-curated.” A picture of this room appeared first on a popular design blog and has been pinned, tumbl’d, and liked thousands of times. Though it...
Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014
There's a lot of talk of Karl Marx in the air these days – from Rush Limbaugh accusing Pope Francis of promoting "pure Marxism" to a Washington Times writer claiming that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an "unrepentant Marxist."   But few people actually understand...
The Trouble With Chris Christie: Chris Hedges
The Trouble With Chris Christie http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_trouble_with_chris_christie_20140112/ Posted on Jan 13, 2014 By Chris Hedges New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been Wall Street’s anointed son for the presidency. He is backed by the most ruthless...
Seven Ripoffs That Capitalists Would Like to Keep Out of the Media
Tax-avoiding, consumer-exploiting big business leaders are largely responsible for these abuses. Congress just lets it happen. Corporate heads and members of Congress seem incapable of relating to the people that are being victimized, and the mainstream media seems to have...
12 Fast Facts About Thursday's Fast-Food Strike
This Thursday, December 5, workers at fast-food restaurants around the country will be striking for higher pay and better working conditions. Their primary demand is an increase in their base hourly wages to $15 an hour. Here are 12 things you should know about Thursday’s...
Insurance Scam: How Private Insurance Companies Are Using Obamacare Fears To Rip People Off
By now you’ve probably heard horror stories about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, has forced so many people to lose their insurance policies. You’ve heard that affordable health insurance policies are being canceled and replaced with...
On "Reforms," Bad and Good
“Reformism” is one of those words that’s hard to pin down sometimes. It’s usually taken to mean advocating for “reform within the system” — in other words, the bad kind of reform. A bad reform operates from the unstated – often unconscious – starting assumptions of the...
Real Libertarians Don't Shill For The Kochs
It’s been the thing lately, among certain establishment liberals, to dismiss libertarians as “Koch-funded shills.” We’ve heard a lot of it from Mark Ames and Yasha Levine at NSFWCorp, for example. This is stupid, first of all, because it’s historically illiterate. Free...
'Extreme Privatization': Fully Outsourced Cities
When the town of Sandy Springs, Georgia, spun-off from Fulton County and established a brand new government, it didn't sign a Declaration of Independence; it signed a contract. The 100,000-person town entered into a five-year contract with the for-profit management company 
Obamacare Premiums Look Good, But Medicare-For-All Would Be Better
New data shows that many will be paying less for private insurance, but the bad news is that...
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
Ever had the feeling that your job might be made up? That the world would keep on turning if you weren’t doing that thing you do 9-5? David Graeber explored the phenomenon of bullshit jobs for Strike Magazine's summer issue – everyone who’s employed should read...
5 Years After the Financial Crisis, The Big Banks Are Still Committing Massive Crimes
Preface: Not all banks are criminal enterprises. The wrongdoing of a particular bank cannot be attributed to other banks without proof. But – as documented below – many of the biggest banks have engaged in unimaginably bad behavior. You Won’t Believe What They’ve Done...
Worker Cooperatives: Retooling the Solidarity Economy
Building A Solidarity Economy Under the cooperative model, workers own the business, reducing injustice because they have a stake in the community and because an individual will find it hard to exploit oneself. Workers often buy into their jobs (upfront or amortized), vote...
How Facebook May Secretly Foil Your Activist Plans
In recent years, Facebook has become an unexpectedly crucial tool for activism. The social media platform allows activists to efficiently connect and communicate with one another in order to arrange meetings, protests and boycotts. Unfortunately, activists who once found...
Black 9/11: A Walk on the Dark Side
In his important 2006 book, Nemesis, the Last Days of the American Republic, the third and concluding part of a trilogy, the late Chalmers Johnson, who was an expert on Japan and US foreign policy, writes that as much as 40% of the Pentagon budget is “black,” meaning hidden...
Exposing the Disinformation Playbook: An Interactive Slideshow
<!--{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dcke_bookmark_79E%2D%2D%3E--> Powerful coal, oil, and gas interests are trying to confuse us all about global warming and renewable energy. Not with facts or reasoned argument — but with disinformation. In this interactive slideshow, UCS...
Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Crosshairs
“The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.”  —Prof. Caroll...
Cynicism is Corporate America's Greatest Weapon: It's Time to Disarm It
September’s coming up fast, and we know what that means. Soon Congress will be back in session and we’ll be inundated with fresh evidence that our democracy is broken. That makes this a good time to reflect on the powerful forces arrayed against the public interest – and to...
Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation?
Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the...
'Eminent Domain for the People' Leaves Wall Street Furious
Housing justice advocates hopeful about innovative Richmond plan to use public seizure laws to save underwater homes from foreclosure Using the authority of state government to actually help people has Wall Street bankers in a panic, spurring threats of aggressive legal...