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Covering the Neglect of Working People

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Russ Baker

A lot of this talk about "job creation" is really not about that at all, but about creation of benefits to the people at the top, under the implied or assumed justification that jobs will appear magically down below as a result.

Which of Our Leaders Are Psychopaths? A Voter and Shareholder Guide

Kim Cranston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kim Cranston

Were these "leaders" psychopaths? * • Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot, who caused more than 100 million deaths and destroyed co...

The Cures for Corpocracy - 1

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

1--Enforce the LAW. It is manifestly the case that corporations are running America. If you think that is a good idea, read no further. If you think ...

Chevron Throws Book at Shareholder Activist (Me)

Antonia Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Antonia Juhasz

On May 26, I was arrested at Chevron's annual shareholder meeting. Chevron, a California-based company, held the meeting at its Houston office -- the ...

A Luxury America Can No Longer Afford

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

In one of the largest securities class actions in history, the best the plaintiff's lawyers could do was a settlement in which class members got 1¢ for every $1 of damages claimed.

Who's Responsible for the Oil Spill in the Gulf...You? A Case for Socially Responsible Investing

Darron Stover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Darron Stover

Do you know what's in your portfolio? Are you aware of and comfortable with the ethical standards employed by the companies you've invested in?

Coloradans Challenging Wall Street on Main Street This Week

T.A. Taylor-Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
T.A. Taylor-Hunt

The sidewalk outside the Wells Fargo Bank office at 17th & Broadway in Denver will host two Main Street actions in support of strong financial reform legislation in the U.S. Senate.

WellPoint/Anthem Shareholders Revolt!

Rob Stone M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Stone M.D.

The health insurance industry adds huge administrative costs to our system, not to mention the profits they siphon off. WellPoint is a parasitic middleman that adds no value and increases the cost of health care.

The Unintended Benefits of Corporate Free Speech

Ronald J. Colombo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ronald J. Colombo

By treating business corporations like citizens, the Supreme Court may have unwittingly encouraged business corporations to act more like citizens. And that would be a good thing.

The Fall of the 'King of Torts' Is Merely the Tip of the Iceberg of Class Action Deceit

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

What would you think of a legal system in which someone burglarizes your home, yet you are the one who is sued and have to pay for the damage caused by the burglar?

Even Capitalist Pigs Should Love Bank Regulation

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

Greater government involvement in the financial sector is not something I thought I'd ever ask for, but it has turned into a necessity in order to preserve, not destroy, capitalism. At the risk of been kicked out of the Capitalistic Pig Party, I am in support of tighter regulation of too-big-to-fail (TBTF) institutions.

Shareholders Move to Curb Extravagant Pay for WellPoint CEO

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ethan Rome

Even by the standards of people who believe that it's okay to do just about anything to make money, WellPoint consistently goes too far. Their turbo-charged greed is out of control, and their lack of any moral compass is shocking.

Napalm, Big Health Insurance, and Divestment

Rob Stone M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Stone M.D.

We need to move beyond shareholder resolutions and begin building a divestment campaign against health insurers like the one aimed at American corporations doing business with South Africa's apartheid government.

10 Biggest IPO Flops in History | Dave Roos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sure, an IPO can bring an instant flood of capital, but it can also mean opening your company to greater public scrutiny, cranky shareholders and fick...

Paulson's Book Contradicts GE CEO's Claims, Could Affect Court Case

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the financial crisis worsened toward the end of 2008, chief executive Jeffrey Immelt and other leaders at General Electric repeatedly assured the p...

Why Citizens United Is a Fraud: A Guide for Non-Lawyers

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Here's a 10 point guide to an absurd, abstract, unprincipled, historic game-changer of a decision on Citizens v. United.

Creating Change in the Midst of Crisis: Re-thinking Our Values

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In past years at Davos, I often found myself in early morning optional sessions on social responsibility, in small rooms on the third floor of the con...

After Citizens United -- The Money is the Message

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Transparency will only follow from the Citizens United equation if we have netizens united to share information, track the money, connect the dots between special interests and policy, and enhance new media efforts in campaigns.

Will 2010 Be the Year We Revive Corporate Democracy?

Jesse Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Strauss

Although slightly under the radar, in 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission is set to unveil new rules that will recalibrate the balance of power between corporate management and shareholders.

Barney Frank Disagrees With Obama On Fund, May Face Fight With Some Firms | Alison Vekshin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Barney Frank, chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, reversed course on paying to unwind failed financial fir...

Eliot Spitzer: How technology can help stockholders take control of the corporations they own.

Slate Magazine | Eliot Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Twitter, text messages, YouTube, and other technology transformed politics in 2008. This success raises a compelling question: Can the same technology...

Shahien Nasiripour

Shareholders May Get More Power With Democratic Proposal; Republicans in Congress Protect Corporate Interests | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Democrats and Republicans faced off Wednesday in a congressional debate over whether shareholders should have an easier time nominating directors to c...

Is There A Feminine Way of Doing Business?

Lotta Alsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lotta Alsen

We have a different rationale for starting a business. And because we are different, we also bring in new perspectives.

Is the New Yorker on S.I. Newhouse's DNR List?

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gerald Sindell

Calling in those McKinsey folks to review your profit and loss numbers in the middle of the deepest recession since the 1930s is a little like having Dr. Kevorkian over to offer a second opinion.

The Audacity of Greed

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robyn O'Brien

As we stand by watching Henry Paulson use our taxpayer dollars for the government's leveraged buyout of Goldman Sachs, I am struck by the audacity of greed.