Corporations, Communities & the Environment
Program #LINT001. Recorded in Eugene, OR on March 02, 2013.
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A Declaration to Amend
Concerned about the influence of money in politics? You should be. Politics looks more and more like an auction with seats going to the candidate who raises the most money....
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...
Corporate Power: Profits Before People
"Hats off! It was a heck of a year," trumpets Fortune magazine. "Productivity gains and relentless restructuring generated impressive profits for the Fortune 500." Sounds great, doesn't it? But there's...
Robert McChesney, John Nichols
Dollarocracy: a system of government where private wealth determines political outcomes. Sound at all familiar? The corruption bred by boatloads of cash contaminates and pollutes our entire political process. So-called...
Ending Corporate Rule
Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Their rise in power and influence has been a steady trajectory to the...
Fighting Corporate Personhood
Democracy, rule of the people, is in the ICU. The pulse, of the system of governance, begun in Athens, is fading. The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision declaring corporations are...
Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to...
Eric Holt Gimenez
"Food is the weak link that brought down earlier civilizations," says author Lester Brown. And it could bring our own civilization down if we continue with business as usual. We...
Going Local: Self-Reliant Communities
Some say that small business is a prerequisite to democracy in the Americas. But the current trend is to attract multinational corporations with tax abatements, reduced environmental standards and a...
Local Dollars, Local Sense
What do you do if you are fortunate enough to have some extra money? Stuff it under your mattress? Invest in Wall Street? Put it in a bank? For various...
The ominous subtitle of Eric Schlosser's bestselling "Fast Food Nation" is "The Dark Side of the American Meal." There is one food poisoning and contamination scare after another from beef...
Conventional democracy is being eviscerated. Frustration is mounting with business-as-usual models dominated by centralized institutions. But there are new initiatives. Local solutions to local problems which incorporate decision-making processes that...