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Corporate Greed

Bad to Worse: Why Shareholder Activism Hurts Shareholders

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

One of the ways (theoretically) in which businesses are held accountable by the public, or at least those with stock portfolios, is through shareholder activism. However, in practice, shareholder activism can actually be a case of a disease being used to cure an illness.

Everyone's Business: Why the Private Sector should be Accountable to the Public

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The private sector should be held to the same standard of scrutiny that the government itself receives from the people, and corporate governance should be as much a matter of public debate and law as political governance.

Bust the Trust and the Bypass

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Farmers impart stories of having to sell their land and find other work because they can't compete in an unfair marketplace. Former neighborhood market owners explain how they've been pushed out of business by large national chains.

We Beat Chevron, but the Fight for Real Justice Continues

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

We did preserve our ability to exercise our right to free speech and to be a watchdog against corporate crimes. That right is vital to protect the power of the people in our society. We will exercise that right until we do win the things Amazonian communities in Ecuador need most.

Break Up Executive Pay, Not the Banks, to Fix Too-Big-to-Fail

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

While in theory the system pays people for responsible decision-making, in practice it rewards executives for generating outsize returns even at the expense of the company's future.

Do Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation? And Other Questions the Wall Street Journal Never Asks

Brian Young | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Brian Young

Is the Wall Street Journal afraid to make an affirmative statement about so-called "fraud" in asbestos cases? They should be.

Corporate Welfare in Maryland

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Lockheed Martin would seem to be an unlikely recipient of a lavish government handout, at least on the basis of need. Indeed, it is one of the world's largest business enterprises, with sales that reached $47 billion in 2012.

How to Tame the Corporation

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

Large corporations have essentially become private governments with an enormous effect on the lives and livelihoods of Americans, but without any accountability to them.

Groundhog Day: The Cloudy Paradox in the Executive Suite -- Compensation and Ethics

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

As directors evaluate their executive programs, it is imperative they ask the question, "Is the total compensation package morally or ethically correct?"

Have You Hugged Your Whistleblower Today? They Could Use It

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Ashton

If you think the legendary "thin blue line" is stressful, you should try walking the "thin gray line" of the Whistleblower, who protect us from the insidious and frightening dangers of corporate and government miscreants.

Milk of Human Kindness Now Available in 2 Percent

James Napoli | Posted 03.16.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Tired of being asked to care about every misfortune that may befall your fellow man? Fed up with your hard-earned money going to help those less fortunate? Sick of having to feel compassion every time you see a homeless person?

New Goals for American Corporations

Ralph Gomory | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

The great American corporations today are doing well for their top executives and shareholders, but this does not mean that they are doing well for the country as a whole.

Banding Together

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

As technology has evolved, so should our expectations about how Congress and state legislatures can advance civic values and consumer interests by facilitating people banding together in effective citizen groups.

Robots Don't Destroy Jobs; Rapacious Corporate Executives Do

William Lazonick | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
William Lazonick

It's easy to blame technology, especially the automation that supposedly displaces workers. But that's not the real story. The fact is that automation creates jobs. It's the misuse of corporate profits that is destroying them.

Let's Not Balance What Is True With What Is False

Annabel Park | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people.

Why Are Republicans Using the Fiscal Cliff to Hold the U.S. Economy Hostage?

Damian Kolodiy | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Damian Kolodiy

After the election it seems like nothing has changed in Washington. The political stalemate remains where little gets done and there is no compromise....

Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America's Imperative (Part II)

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Low wages, and the poverty that they foster, exact a heavy toll on our economy, and ultimately impact companies like Walmart themselves.

Corporate Responsibility and the 'Fiscal Cliff'

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 01.28.2013 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

There may be no better opportunity or context within which to include on the agenda a substantive and inclusive conversation about the social responsibility of corporations.

"25 x 25" is a Big Fat Bio-Massacre

Jeff Gibbs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jeff Gibbs

Far more than anyone suspects, Michigan Prop 3 is going to ramp up the dirtiest form of energy of all: biomass burning.

Does Mainstream Media Know that 3rd Party Candidates Are Also Running for President?

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

But of course they do! Everybody knows that there are 3rd Party candidates running for President. But where can you learn about them? How do you know their names, their platforms and who they are? You cannot!

The High Engagement Work Culture: A New Perspective for Framing the Debate About Capitalism

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Peter Smirniotopoulos

To my knowledge, no one has taken a look at the symptomatology leading up to the 2008 crash from the perspective of Wall Street's prevailing corporate culture, with the insights only these two authors can provide.

Corporations Angry Over People Insulting Their Profit

James Napoli | Posted 11.26.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

Corporations the world over are trying to get to the bottom of disrespectful protests, blogs and videos that make a mockery of the profit they hold so dear.

Goodwill's Charity Racket: CEOs Earn Top-Dollar, Workers Paid Less Than Minimum Wage

John Hrabe | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
John Hrabe

An American multi-national corporation, which accepts millions of dollars in government funds, pays its top executives more than half a million dollars per year in total compensation, while simultaneously paying some of its employees less than the federal minimum wage.

Mitt Opens the Door for Green Party Candidates, Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Angie Cordeiro

American voters have an opportunity to change the course of political history in this country by electing Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala in November, yet will we be brave and free enough to do so?

Arrrr! Shell Tries to Plunder Human Rights

Katie Redford | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Katie Redford

Shell's lawyers actually argued to the Supreme Court that a hypothetical company -- Pirates Incorporated -- should not be held accountable for their crimes, because, you guessed it, they're a corporation.