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Crony Capitalism

Toilets, Trials, and Tolls: Cleaning Up After Pat McCrory

Harold Lloyd | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

We all know that North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory hastily signed HB2 only to acknowledge that pre-existing state law discrimination remedies should n...

New York Times Reporter Swoons Over Elon Musk

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had his Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty to cover-up his genocidal crimes. Cuban dictator ...

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Wants Federal Monoply on Exploitation of Fashionable Debaucheries

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson sanctimoniously demanding a federal monopoly on the exploitation of fashionable debaucheries is like a dog walking on his ...

Parasites on the Republic

Bruce Fein | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Parasites of the Republic abound. Their modus operandi is to hijack government for self-enrichment. They should be rebuffed and ostracized as if clo...

Do We Really Want Democracy?

FIXCapitalism | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
FIXCapitalism

by Philip Kotler Our founding fathers raised this same question! They didn't want a Monarchy. But they also didn't want a Mobocracy. John Adams, o...

Democracy in Decline: An Interview with Philip Kotler

FIXCapitalism | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
FIXCapitalism

by Christian Sarkar Philip Kotler is the S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Northwestern University Kellogg...

Third Wave Capitalism: An Interview with John Ehrenreich

FIXCapitalism | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
FIXCapitalism

"Change will happen when people demand it. We need to support the messy and unruly movements that bring about change. That is democracy."

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Adam Smith: A Theory of Moral Capitalism?

FIXCapitalism | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
FIXCapitalism

By Scott Dewey British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of the UK's local version of the global neoliberal conservative reaction o...

Why Worry Wednesday - Terrorism Doesn't Matter?

Phil Davis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

I think it's amazing. They caught the Brussels bomber (the one that didn't blow himself up) and there was an extra bomb, so he could have killed ...

Making America Great Again: End Speculation on Public Measures

Bruce Fein | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Let's make America great again by following the genius of the Constitution, James Madison, and end the trillion dollar speculations on public measures...

Preemption of Democracy by ALEC, its Corporate Funders, and Republican & Democratic Corporatists

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Message to media pundits: "It's the Corporatocracy, stupid!" Government has been coopted in service of the corporate bottom line, bought by the likes of the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council which writes model laws to supplant democracy and overcome the common good.

Donald Trump: Crony Capitalist Par Excellence

Roger D Barris | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics
Roger D Barris

The Wall Street Journal has just run a lengthy, front-page article entitled "Trump and His Debts: A Narrow Escape." The article makes clear that Trum...

Challenging the Corpocracy: When Art Confronts Capitalism

FIXCapitalism | Posted 11.02.2016 | Arts
FIXCapitalism

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston is hosting Corpocracy, a group exhibition surveying culture jamming, intervention, satire and viral strategies in relation to capitalism and corporate culture through the works of 13 artists.

Why One HIV Drug Costs 5,000 Percent More Overnight

James Peron | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
James Peron

One story that has everyone outraged is that of Turing Pharmaceuticals, run by Martin Shkreli. He took the price of the 62-year-old drug Daraprim, used to treat toxoplasmosis in HIV patients, and raised it to $750 a tablet. How is he getting away with this?

The Mendoza Line on Transparency: Bringing Darkness into Labor Negotiations

John Mirisch | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
John Mirisch

Really want fairness, Senator Mendoza? Then how about a bill lifting open meeting exemptions for labor negotiations and imposing the same kinds of requirements on labor contracts which already are required for public works contracts?

What the U.S. Could Learn From Iceland

Kevin Price | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business
Kevin Price

I feel really behind the curve, but I only recently discovered that the United States actually has an official "too big to fail list." Essentially, this is a list of companies that have been sanctioned by the government as getting a guaranteed pass, no matter how economically ruined it becomes.

Start With Red Corporate Faces On the Golf Course

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Should you ever find yourself in the unique situation of being out on a golf course alongside some big time CEOs of major corporations, here's a fun experiment to try. It's very simple -- just ask the CEOs for their opinion on welfare.

Jim DeMint Channels Elizabeth Warren

Lauren Windsor | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Seen by many in the Occupy movement as its patron saint, Elizabeth Warren has firmly established herself as the populist crusader against Wall Street in Washington. Have DeMint, Koch, and Luntz all cast their ideological lots in with Warren to fight cronyism, or is she such a great threat to their interests that are co-opting her message?

CNBC's Jim Cramer: Make Money, Don't Moralize

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Once a nation turns its back on a resolute determination to cultivate moral deservedness, political and financial superintendency passes to those who gain power illegitimately--a fact described eloquently by President Theodore Roosevelt.

FATCA: Are Transnational Criminal Networks Influencing US Policy?

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Natasha Srdoc

There is a fundamental difference between the privacy of banking accounts and hiding beneficial ownership in order to commit crimes. The benefits of tracking organized crime, terrorism financing and tax evasion far outweigh the risks to privacy and secrecy of accounts, which is already adequately protected by rule of law nations.

Without Freedom There Is No Free Trade

CHEE Soon Juan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
CHEE Soon Juan

If we are going to ensure that trade remains sustainable, then we must strive to make trade pacts beneficial for all -- from the lowliest worker to the mightiest CEO. For this to happen, free trade agreements cannot continue to ignore human rights.

Be a Passionate Voter for Justice

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, many voters will head to the polls on November 4th and simply vote down the party line. Far too many won't spend a little time to research the various candidates' actual records beyond their party affiliation.

The Federal Reserve's Artful Compassion for Households in 'Sobering' Condition

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

Glaringly absent in the Fed's policy platform is a commitment to a fair architecture for capitalism that equitably distributes the fruits of enterprise by providing incentives for ethically pricing each person's contributions to the sustainable public good.

Minimum Wage, Pandering Politicians, and Crony Capitalism

Kevin Price | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Kevin Price

Fundamentally, most policy makers have failed to realize that those who are impacted by laws, respond to the laws accordingly.