Tag Archives: Corporations

Naomi Klein: Big Green is in denial

Naomi Klein: Big Green is in denial
As I was writing The Shock Doctrine, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina. There are chapters in that book on both of those events. Then I came to the idea ... Read more

Is Cheap, Public Internet Possible?

Is Cheap, Public Internet Possible?
The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its ... Read more

Thrown Out of Court

Thrown Out of Court
Two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings—AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion andAmerican Express v. Italian Colors—have deeply undercut these centuries-old public rights, by empowering businesses to avoid any threat of private lawsuits or class actions. The decisions culminate a thirty-year trend during which the judiciary, including ... Read more

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship
By treaty, the U.S. government can’t (and shouldn’t) discriminate against foreign corporations offering as good if not better deals than American companies offer. So if Walgreen as a Swiss company continues to fill Medicaid and Medicare payments as well as, say, CVS, it’s likely that Walgreen will continue ... Read more

Disgorge the Cash

Disgorge the Cash
The problem finance solves is not how to allocate society’s scarce savings between competing investment opportunities. The problem is how to separate the rents that come from control of a strategic social coordination problem from the social ties and obligations that go with it. True capitalists don’t want to make steel or ... Read more

The Supreme Court Just Struck Down Democracy. What Now?

The Supreme Court Just Struck Down Democracy. What Now?
"Maybe we should come back tomorrow and try this," I thought. Sitting in the inner sanctum of America's highest court, in a chamber never before made visible to the world in video or even color photographs, I struggled to summon the courage to do what I had come to: stand and interrupt the ... Read more

The Internet as a Publicly-Provided Utility?

The Internet as a Publicly-Provided Utility?
Susan Crawford, Former Special Assistant to President Obama on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, talks to Ezra Klein about how the internet is too important to be left to the private market. Ezra: Why do we need a public option for internet access? Susan: We need a public option for ... Read more

Money, Money, Everywhere

Money, Money, Everywhere
A Tale of Two Cities , the novel by Charles Dickens, begins with the famous words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” In America today, it is the best of times for multinational corporations and their CEOs. But for ordinary people, it’s pretty bad, and getting worse. For non-corporeal entities, times ... Read more

The Dangers of Helping Corporations Sue Governments

The Dangers of Helping Corporations Sue Governments
As the Obama administration negotiates new trade agreements with European and Pacific nations, a battle has emerged over the agreements’ egregious rules that grant giant corporations unreasonable powers to subvert democracy. These rules, dubbed “investor rights” by the corporations, allow ... Read more