Last month in Genoa, Italy, George Bush decried the activists, saying corporate globalization will advance the interests of the world's poor. Unfortunately, it is frighteningly easy to prove him wrong given the facts.
One of the perquisites of power is being forgiven for past crimes and misdemeanors, and even current misdeeds. Consider the case of the pharmaceutical industry and the issue of access to HIV/AIDS and other essential medicines.
We've heard it said that commercialism will keep expanding its frontiers until every boundary has been smashed and non-commercial values are completely extinguished. Now that Dr.King is being used to hawk telecom products, we are rapidly approaching that point.
We decided recently to test White House press secretary Ari Fleischer's knowledge of the workings of the corporate state by attending the daily White House Press Briefing and asking Ari questions. He did not see Bill Moyers special on the chemical industry. Nor would he comment on its allegations.
Pushing beyond the corporate corrupting frontiers blazed by the Clinton administration, the Bush team is making clear that it intends to deliver on its campaign promises to strengthen Big Business's grip over government policy-making.
The FBI has developed a very close working relationship with a Chicago area crime-busting group funded by the insurance industry to investigate crimes against insurance companies. Wouldn't it be great if consumers had a direct line to the FBI when insurance companies rip them off?
Too often, corporations choose to despoil the natural environment, deny care to the sick, smash workers' unions, endanger consumers, and more. Need evidence? That's why we've compiled this list of the Ten Worst Corporations of the Year.
Corporate rule is not built on a conspiracy. But that does not mean that corporations never conspire. Just last week the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, a meeting between European and American corporate executives, was held to plot more deregulation of national consumer protections.
Want to mandate payment of a living wage to all workers? Get ready to face the threat of plant closures and job shifting. Corporate control of the tax, trade and investment rules which enhance capital mobility, gives corporations enormous leverage over the political process.
If the World Bank and IMF do not stop requiring patients and students to pay for their basic healthcare and education, the U.S. House of Representatives wants to deny them future funding. But first, the House must win the support of the Department of the Treasury.
Research shows computers are less central to educating kids than caring adults, creative play, the arts, outdoor experiences with nature, and hands-on learning. So a group of 75 prominent educators and doctors is calling for a time-out from the overwhelming pressure on educators and parents to computerize childhood.
There is little doubt that the U.S. campaign finance system is corrupt. But it would be a mistake to conclude that the current system of private contributions must be replaced by a system of public financing, without failing to dig further.
Less than 3.6 percent of the roughly thousand papers written by America's political science professors for this year's American Political Science Association's convention address money in politics. For intellectual leadership of anti-globalization, it appears we should look to the undergraduates in the streets.
Earlier this week, the New York Times said that the story of the Firestone tire debacle is one of "missed hints and lost opportunities." That it might have been. But it also might one of corporate crime and violence. And maybe even homicide.