stacks



chutes and ladders

"The manufacturer would monetize that data by selling it.

And we were supposed to pay for the privilege.

I wondered what the point was of my getting so worked up over government surveillance if my friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens were more than happy to invite corporate surveillance into their homes, allowing themselves to be tracked while browsing in their pantries as efficiently as if they were browsing the web.

It would still be another half decade before the robotics revolution, before "virtual assistants" like Amazon Echo and Google Home were welcomed into the bedroom and placed proudly on nightstands to record and transmit all activity within range, to log all habits and preferences (not to mention fetishes and kinks), which would then be developed into advertising algorithms and converted into cash.

The data we generate just by living - or just by letting ourselves be surveilled while living - would enrich private enterprise and impoverish our private existence in equal measure.

If government surveillance was having the effect of turning the citizen into a subject, at the mercy of state power, then corporate surveillance was turning the consumer into a product, which corporations sold to other corporations, data brokers, and advertisers." - Edward Snowden

Rise of Corporations

Legend of the Powell Memo

Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became 'People'

Corporations Are More Powerful Than Governments

Obscure legal system lets corporations sue countries

The Myth of the Corporate Death Penalty

Mega-Mergers Are Killing Innovation

corporate personhood


Do Taxpayers Know They Are
Handing Out Billions to Corporations?

The Powell Memo: A Call-to-Arms for Corporations

Powell Memorandum: Attack On American Free Enterprise System

Lewis Powell Memo Launching Corporate Propaganda Infrastructure

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission


"Let us be alert.

Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of.

And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake."

Victor Frankl

"An organization is neither conscious nor alive.

To give organizations precedence over persons is to subordinate ends to means.

When ends are subordinated to means was clearly demonstrated by Hitler and Stalin." - Aldous Huxley



4 Great Moments in Corporate Malfeasance

10 Great Moments in Corporate Malfeasance

Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Iran Sales

Bribery and Corruption Grease the Gears of Global Capitalism



Supreme Court decisions absolving corporations of responsibility for their wrongful or negligent conduct is bad for consumers.

Its impossible for people injured by corporations to be compensated.

Corporations need not consider the public interest or the niceties of the law in the relentless pursuit of profit and everyone is a potential victim.

The entire society is plunged into conditions leading to tragedy.

Corporations were created to convert resources and labor into profit.

Corporate law was invented to limit liability and maximize profit.

Corporate managers often arrange to give themselves enormous salaries.

1896 General Electric is one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly formed Dow Jones Industrial Average.

1927 Federal Reserve bails out the Bank of England by increasing the money supply through cheap loans.

1928 John Merrill, founder of Merrill Lynch, exits the stock market, as do insiders at Lehman Brothers.

1929 John Foster Dulles presides over the Goldman Sachs trusts.

1950 US corporations foot 26% of the total US tax bill.

1964 Gardiner Coit Means shows in The Corporate Revolution in America that the means of production in the US economy is highly concentrated in the hands of the largest 200 corporations.

Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr. theorized that the fact of economic concentration meant that the effects of competitive-price theory is largely mythical.

Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr., an original member of FDR "Brain Trust", advocates corporate leadership accept full responsibility toward society in addition to their traditional responsibilities toward shareholders.

This is in direct contradiction to nearly all statues governing corporations which require corporations to maximize return to shareholders.

1982 Dow Jones Industrial Average contains not a single financial corporation.

1990 US corporations now contribute 9%.

2008 AIG, the 18th-largest publically traded corporation on Earth, is delisted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

2009 Bank of America, General Electric and ExxonMobil pay no tax.



alan ashkenazi

Manipulating the Rules

The Mask of Deception: Corporations vs. Civil Society

The Killing Fields of Multi-National Corporations

Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations


"Since corporations are "immortal," forged solely to amass wealth, they institutionalize dissatisfaction, the economic manifestation of the Buddhist notion of "hungry ghosts," spirits who roam the earth, always eating, never sated." - Derrick Jensen


The most important challenge to political invention is assuring the one who produces wealth believes that he is being fairly compensated by the association of shareholders, creditors and directors of centralized wealth.

Political officeholders drawn to high profile positions in society exhibit traits such as superficial charm similar to that of serial killers and politicians.


With self-interest paramount a corporation acts exactly like a psychopath.

A corporation is like a human psychopath in that:

Corporations are irresponsible - everything is 'at risk' to satisfy goals.

Corporations are manipulative - they manipulate public opinion.

Corporations have delusions of grandeur - "we're number one".

Corporations lack empathy and exhibit antisocial tendencies.

Corporations relate superficially - all that matters are appearances.

Corporations are unable to accept responsibility as they cannot feel remorse.

Corporations are designed to exploit nature for profit.

The cost of negotiated settlements, adjudicated civil suits and fines for illegal activities is just another cost of doing business.

Purposely breaking the law or failing to warn of a potential danger is likely to cost less than complying or warning potential users of known defects.

Whether it is breaking the law or failing to warn of:

1,2-dichloroethane in toys;

pharmaceutical side effects;

endocrine disruption by polymer solvents;

thyroid disruption by fire retardants.

In most cases fines, civil penalties and settlements paid by the corporation are trivial compared to the dangerously self-obsessed profits generated.

For corporations social responsibile acts are simply public relations ploys.



keep corporatism flying

database of paper aeroplanes


"I have been saying for the some time now that America has only one party - the property party.

It's the party of big corporation, the party of money.

It has two right wings; one is Democrat, the other Republican." - Gore Vidal


"Business enterprise is a creature of a society, and society can put any business out of existence overnight.

Enterprise exists on sufferance and exists only as long as society believes that it does a necessary, useful, and productive job." - Peter F. Drucker


"Until the Supreme Court overturns corporate personhood, elected representatives will be voting for the good of corporations, not for the good of people." - Gordon Vanderslice


early 1990s

"¾ of the federal government research money is consumed by the DoD.

½ of American scientists and engineers are employed as military contractors.

The needs of the Pentagon skew entire industries.

Communities to arise out of nowhere, and as suddenly to collapse.

Economists argue endlessly about the impact of military spending.

The effect of military spending on government budgets is plain enough: investments of one kind diminish investments of another." - Cullen Murphy

2008 The Center for Responsive Politics found lawmakers had as much as $196 million invested in corporations doing business with the DoD.

Many corporations are not recognized as defense contractors and yet a substantial amount of their business comes from supplying the military.

Pepsico is paid $286 million; IBM is paid $291 million; Tyson is paid $335 million; Goodrich is paid $344 million; Procter & Gamble is paid $362 million; Kraft is paid $500 million; Dell is paid $636 million; FedEx is paid $1.3 billion and Exxon is paid $1.2 billion.

Also on the payroll is Disney, Apple, Oakley, Nestle, Heinz and Hershey.

"When we buy Crest toothpaste, Oscar Mayer hotdogs or a Playstation we are supporting an increasingly militarized civilian economy." - Nick Turse



externalization

"The destructiveness of our present economic system

is due to the externalization of costs."

Charles Eisenstein



The logic of externalization applies to any and all acting parties.

Profits accrue to those who most successfully externalize their costs.

A corporation looking to extract resources must con-vince land guardians the corporation aims to provide vital resource management which will create an enhanced cost-benefit ratio not possible without corporate intervention.

Corporate owners know that the eternal formula for business success is to make someone else pay as much of the costs as possible to maximize profits.

Do the printers of unwanted junk mail have to pay the costs of disposing it?

Do makers of chemicals pay clean up costs contaminated groundwater?

Do frackers have to pay the costs of cleaning the aquifers they contaminate?

Do the makers and users of nitrogen fertilizer pay for eutrophication?

Would plastic be cheap if medical costs of toxic byproducts was added?

"A corporation tends to be more profitable to the extent it can make other people pay the bills for its impact on society.

The corporation is an externalizing machine, in the same way that a shark is a killing machine.

There isn't any question of malevolence or of will; the corporation has within it, and the shark has within it, those characteristics that enable it to do that for which it was designed.

As a result the corporation is potentially very, very damaging to society." - Robert Monks



offshore

The age of impunity

Luxembourg Leaks

How the world really works

Delaware: An Onshore Tax Haven

2,511 Companies in NW11 7TJ, Finchley Road, London

The World's Favorite New Tax Haven Is the United States

Ralph Nader Goes to Cayman Island Offshore Tax Haven

Sun and Shadows: Island Paradise Haven for Dirty Money





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