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Corporate Power

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 ...

The Lowdown from Hightower

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

"Here's what populism is not," Jim Hightower told my colleague Bill Moyers on the final edition of Bill Moyers Journal. "It is not just an incoherent outburst of anger."

Granted Power to Dominate Election Campaigns: Are Corporations Now Citizens?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Right now in Congress there are three legislative approaches to counter the Supreme Court's granting unlimited political spending power to entities whose legal structure, among other traits, make them non-citizens.

Don't Let the Fox Guard the Hen House

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

Jackson v. Rent-a-Center throws a spotlight on just how close corporations are to being granted totally unchecked authority to force the American public into arbitration.

Cleaning up Our Politics as We Clean up the Gulf

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The tough questions deservedly piled on BP's CEO at today's hearing will ring hollow if committee members don't also ask this tough question of themselves: Whose interests are they serving? The public's or Big Oil's?

The BP Spill: Corporatocracy Ground Zero?

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

BP isn't just dumping its filth on our beaches, it's dumping its filth on our democracy, and we need to fight back. And this fight isn't just about one company; it's about the entire corporate world order.

The Risk of Eliminating Risk

Halsey Minor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Halsey Minor

Corporations now enjoy powers and privileges historically reserved for monarchs, and, like monarchs, the people who run them are largely insulated from the consequences of their actions.

Miners' Blood on Sarah Palin's Hands

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If Palin's pro-big business, anti-government agenda were in full force today, how many more miners would have died? Putting profits ahead of American lives doesn't sound like patriotism to me.

Corporations Won't Self-Regulate

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barbra Streisand

We can't assume that companies like BP and Halliburton will spend the time and money to ensure environmental safety, just like we have learned the hard way that Wall Street will not safeguard our life savings.

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

Crime Pays for BP

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Between 2001 and 2009, BP paid $530 million in safety fines, or one-third of 1 percent of the company's profits. Those financial penalties are so minor that BP routinely scrimps on safety.

How to Get Away With Murder: Guidant and Corporate Criminal Justice

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

After the Guidant Corporation sold flawed heart defibrillators which killed six people, prosecutors negotiated a fine of $296 million -- just 1% of what Boston Scientific paid to acquire it after the investigation began.

A Disadvantaged Class? The Corporate Speech Index

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

These comparisons illustrate how easy it will be for one company, one industry, or the corporate class overall, to dominate the electoral discourse in the wake of Citizens United.

Be a Real Progressive: Take a Teapartier to Lunch

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Progressives need to create a situation where we suspend our opinions and judgments in order to be able to listen to each other. Most of us are tired of hearing each other's opinions. Could we actually have some real dialogue?

Corporate Speech Is Not "Free"

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

How does corporate law define what's "in the interests of the corporation"? Generally, that language is shorthand for maximizing the wealth of shareholders.

Reining in Executive Compensation and the Supreme Court

Dave Colavito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Colavito

The Supreme Court decision on campaign finance is bad news and not just for financial reform. Lucrative packages rewarding reckless risk-taking and abject greed are truly the base for a house of cards.

Taking Elections Back From the Corporations and the Constitution Back from the Gang of Five

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

A broad coalition of groups are joining together to push the drive for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizen's United decision, while supporting legislation to limit the Court's ruling.

Can We Still Believe in That Change Obama Ran On?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

President Obama State of the Union speech shows little understanding of the time we're in or of the daily experience of real Americans. Maybe it comes...

The Supreme Court Makes The Supreme Sacrifice: Jim Lehrer Goes First

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gerald Sindell

I've always wondered about the ulterior motives of the companies that sponsor The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, now simply called PBS NewsHour.

The United Corporate States Of America

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steven G. Brant

We have been handed the basic tools for replacing the old values that make corporations "evil" with the new values that will make corporations "good". The Citizens United ruling need not be so bad.

Dark Days for Democracy

Charlie Cray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charlie Cray

Right now, corporate America is busily undoing our ability to restrain their "speech," from commercial speech to corporate control over the media.

High Court Rules Corporations Have Right to Bear Arms

Steven Clifford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

American Corporations may soon deploy private Armies. Overturning multiple precedents, the Supreme Court ruled today that Corporations have "the rig...

A Time for Action: Jobs, Prosperity and National Goals

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

I believe that our government should adopt two national economic goals: To be a productive nation steadily growing a large per capita GDP and to share widely the prosperity made possible by that productivity.