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Corporate Power

The Bully(ing) Pulpit

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Block

The society that invented and then perfected the soft sell has shifted its marketing strategy. No more smiling faces! No more Mr. Nice Guy! The old w...

A Time for Action -- Not Servility

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

It's a time for new activism -- built upon one of the great achievements of the last decade: the rise of independent media.

Bernie Madoff To Replace Elizabeth Warren (Snark Alert)

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

I just got off the phone with a reporter who wanted my thoughts on the appointment of Bruce Reed as Joe Biden's chief of staff. My first though, sarca...

Scalia et al Make Up Corporate Constitutional Rights

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The Supreme Court has divined new rights to corporations not found in the Constitution -- rights that run precisely counter to the idea of guarding against concentrated power.

10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2010

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.

Leadership Without Legitimacy: Will the Indian Media Get Its Act Together?

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

This years, the dissemination of the country's biggest corruption story of the year was managed not but by the Indian media, but by country's citizens -- through the Internet.

Why We Need Whistleblowers In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Just as America faces the aftermath of Wikileaks, halfway across the globe, in a slightly altered scenario, another of the world's largest democracies...

Escaping the Small Government Trap

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Faced with myriad difficult issues, the American electorate in November turned to candidates who promised to miniaturize the size of government. This ...

Stupid Politics From a Smart Administration

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.

Corporate Tax Evasion Strategy WIll Irk Middle Class

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

The "other half" does not have to live under the Rule of Law: rather, it makes the law. Many use the "double Irish" strategy to cut taxes. The rest of us shoulder the burden of the service cuts.

Why Republicans Are So Intent on Killing Health Care Reform

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Republicans spent more than $200 million in the last year to demonize health care in swing Congressional districts. Throughout American history, health care reform has been attacked as socialist.

Kiss The Jobs and Wages Goodbye: Hello "Free Trade" Again

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Yesterday, I wrote about the disastrous state of labor in the wake of the elections. Suffering from either a lack of sleep or simple brain lock, I neg...

The Fall Of Corporate Leadership

Paul R. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul R. Lawrence

I propose a different kind of corporate charter in which the power of the owners does not overwhelm the voices of the other stakeholders affected by the corporation's actions.

Civic-Minded Plutocrats

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The economic meltdown that short-sighted "free market" policies brought upon us has now given the rich and powerful the opening to push their advantage more aggressively than ever.

Tea Party Rage, Part Two: Grass Roots Movement or AstroTurf Tool of Corporate Power?

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

The Tea Party represents the meeting of fascism from above with fascism from below, forces that are drawn together like the magnetized lips of kissing dashboard dolls.

Compassion

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Being pro-free market and anti-big government, conservatives value money too much and regulation not enough, a blend culminating in Oscar Wilde's indictment of "knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

Citizens United -- Game Changer

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.

Tea Party Rage, Part One: Benign Confusion or Serious Threat to Democracy?

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

There is no other way to understand the Tea Party movement other than by invoking the excruciatingly overused appellation, fascist. Despite its constant misuse, that term does indeed apply.

IRS to Investigate Rove's American Crossroads and Other Corporate Front Groups

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Big business donors trying to hide behind the illegal anonymity of tax deductible groups being misused as electoral organizations should now be forewarned -- you may not be anonymous for long.

Fight Inequality, Don't Scapegoat Immigrants

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

Immigration to the U.S. is managed in a way that benefits the wealthy. Reactionary anti-immigrant measures create an ever-more-exploitable pool of labor for employers to take advantage of.

Save American Democracy, or What's Left of It

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

In the First Election After Citizens United, Voters Need to Beware and Organized to Combat Massive Power of Concentrated Corporations This is the fir...

TR's Speech 100 Years Ago: Inequality and Corporate Power

Chuck Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chuck Collins

Roosevelt's speech speaks powerfully to us today because we confront, a hundred years after he spoke in Osawatomie, the same concentrated wealth and power that he so feared.

Voter Beware Concentrated Corporate Power is Creating Deceptive Elections

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Low RNC donations have Democrats jumping for joy, but their excitement is misplaced. The combination of Michael Steele and Citizens United is creating a paradigm shift in how elections are funded among Republicans.

Loosening the Iron Grip of Corporate Power

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

A citizen movement is bubbling up through the barriers of special interest concrete in Washington that is not driven by tea party anti-government fervor, but by the hopes of regular folks who believe we can take our country back.

Declare Your Independence!

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Independent Media, Independent Political Movements and Independent Electoral Activity is the Path to the Paradigm Shifting Change America Needs If I ...