Challenging Corporate Power
Once corporations got a foot in the door to power in the late 1890s, it took less than a century to buy the whole building and the ground it stands on. Corporate dominance of the public sphere and its growing presence in our private lives are increasingly viewed as simply the way things are–it’s just business. When corporate power is challenged by public advocates and small grassroots efforts, they often find themselves up against the goliathan might of money and big media. In this interview, Grossman provides a historical context for legal and civil disobedient resistance to corporate power and discusses late-1990s efforts to defend the commonweal. Interview by David Barsamian.
Richard Grossman, co-founder of the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy, was an independent researcher and writer focusing on governance, law, corporations, and organizing strategies. He passed away in New York in November 2011.