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'Birth of The Corporation'
'The Death of Democracy'

The Enron Scandal

Boycott Wal-Mart !!

Starbucks Coffee

Working Minds / Selected Books on the Subject of Corporations

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Corporations & Brands Page

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U.S. Business Leaders & Corporations Pages

“[Corporations] cannot commit treason . . . for they have no souls.”
— Sir Edward Coke [1552-1634]

“[C]orporate management getting rich while their companies go broke is just part of the normal
business cycle . . . A lot of money in America is still made the old-fashioned way – by stealing it.”
— Steve Martini

Estimated percentage of U.S. corporations that paid no federal taxes
between 1996 and 2000 is 61%. [per Harper's Index]

“Corporate America contributes 7 percent of the nation's total tax burden,
compared with 50 percent after World War II.”
Mother Jones Magazine, Nov-Dec 2007

Just 147 interlocking companies control 40 percent of the world economy; the top 25 companies
include Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Vanguard Group, United Bank of Switzerland, Merrill Lynch,
Deutsche Bank, Walton Enterprises, Bank of New York Mellon, Goldman Sachs, T. Rowe Price Group,
Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. — per New Scientist Magazine, Oct 2011

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
— Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25)

“To paraphrase the Christian Bible (Matthew 16): For what is a man profited if he shall make
beaucoup bucks while transforming the planet into a cesspool.” — G.E. Nordell

“We've become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that's been the worst damage to the basic
moral and ethical standards, to the American political system that I've ever seen in my life.”
— former President Jimmy Carter, in September 2015

“Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”
— Ambrose Bierce [1842-1914]

relevant pages at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore
Capitalism Page
Wall Street Page
'Economics Or Else!' Pages
Political Science Pages

relevant pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
'G.O.P. Economic Meltdown' Page
Corporations & Brands Page
U.S. Business Leaders & Corporations Pages
Books on U.S. Politics & Elections Pages
Labor Movement Film Festival
Amazon, Inc. [est. 1994] Page
Apple, Inc. [est. 1975] Page
capitalist Warren Buffett Page
Facebook, Inc. [est. 2004] Page
Google, Inc. [est. 1996] redirect
The Koch Brothers Page
Microsoft, Inc. [est. 1975]
Monsanto Company, Inc. [est. 1901]
Starbucks Corp. [est. 1971] Page
Wal-Mart, Inc. [est. 1962] Page

relevant pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store
Comcast []
Human Rights Film Festival
Marvel Entertainment
'Rat Race' Film Festival

here at Working Minds
Things To Worry About / Business & Economic Monopolies Page
The Occupy Movement and the Anonymous Collective
Solutions: Media & The Bill of Rights
Solutions: Labor & Capitalism Isssues
New Constitutional Amendment on Corporations

Campaign for Corporate Reform
Corporate Accountability International [est. 1977] based in Boston, MA
Campaign to Stop 'Killer Coke'
Corporate Accountability at The Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights
Center For Corporate Policy
Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy [est. 1995] of South Yarmouth, MA
'Reverse Citizens United' Constitutional Amendment

Activism / Anti-Corporation listings at DMOZ/Open Directory Project

The Open Database of The Corporate World [est. 2010] based in U.K.

Birth of The Corporation
Corporations are considered 'persons' with full legal rights under all sections of the U.S. Constitution – especially the First & 14th Amendments – as the result of intentional interference by a California court clerk. That court official, J.C. Bancroft Davis, was previously employed by railroad companies in the East, i.e. the equivalent of a modern lobbyist.

The central case, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, was argued on 26-29 January 1886; the decision was filed 10 May 1886. (A partial basis for that decision was purjured testimony by railroad hireling Roscoe Conklin during the San Mateo County v. Southern Pacific Railroad case of 1882.) A later significant case, Lochner v. New York, was argued on 23-24 February 1905; the decision was filed 17 April 1905.

'Corporations As Persons' summary at Reclaim Democracy

San Mateo County vs. S.P.R.R. 1882 Case {116 U.S. 138}
full text at Justia.US Supreme Court Center

Santa Clara vs. S.P.R.R. 1886 Case {118 U.S. 394}
full text at FindLaw
full text at Justia.US Supreme Court Center
Circuit Court decision text at Reclaim Democracy
story on the 'Straight Dope' website
article at Wikipedia

Joseph Lochner v. State of New York 1905 Case {198 U.S. 45}
full text of U.S. Supreme Court decision at The 'Lectric Law Library
article at Wikipedia

Sherman Antitrust Act of 1870

Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914

On 26 January 1907, after persistent pressure from Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, Congress passed the Tillman Act, which prohibited all monetary contributions by corporations to national political campaigns.

The 'Powell Memorandum' was released in August, 1971. Lewis F. Powell, Jr. [1907-98], soon to be nominated as Supreme Court Justice, advocated 'constant surveillance' of textbook and television content, as well as a purge of left-wing elements that opposed corporate dominance. (He was then a lawyer for the tobacco industry.) The official title of that document was "Confidential Memorandum: Attack of American Free Enterprise System"
text of that document

On 30 January 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the landmark
Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 decision that expenditure of money is a form of
constitutionally-protected free speech.

The Death of Democracy

On 21 January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court declared America to be a fascist state in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. case reversing a full century of election campaign finance restrictions on the ability of corporations to purchase any elected office that they want.

That decision is first of all in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and secondly, the written decision is really bad law – if submitted as a paper in law school, the grade would be D-minus. The precedents cited in this decision were virtually all from dissents – any case based on a dissent is worthless, and this decision cited at least 25 such, so that the resulting decision is faulty and has no merit.

But the corporate fascists will avoid the fine points and proceed on the new (illegitimate}
principle of "one million dollars, one vote" — Thus ended democracy in America.

'Reverse Citizens United' Constitutional Amendment
New Constitutional Amendment on Corporations

On 20 June 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court struck another blow for fascism and
against freedom and liberty in the Dukes v Wal-Mart Stores [2000-2011] case by
eliminating class action lawsuits against corporations.

On 2 April 2014, fascist Chief Justice John Roberts further destroyed democracy in
McCutcheon v. F.E.C. 572 U.S.; the decision took away even more restrictions
on political spending by millionaires & billionaires.

As-of 30 June 2014, the Supreme Court's ludicrous Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision provides that 'the religious beliefs of a corporation' {sic} can officially override the health care options of their individual employees, such as in denying women any insurance coverage for birth control
– another step backward for America.

see also the Working Minds / Action / Supreme Court Page

The Enron Scandal

Timeline of the Enron Scandal at Wikipedia

Anatomy of Greed book by Brian Cruver  
"Anatomy of Greed: The Unshredded Truth From An Enron Insider" [2002]
by Brian Cruver

Arrow Books 7¾x5 pb [5/2003] out of print/used
Carroll & Graf 8½x5½ pb [8/2003] for $11.20
Carroll & Graf 9¼x6½ hardcover [7/2002] for $16.50

color logo of Enron, Inc.  "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron"
[C.B.S.-TV documentary Jan 2003]

An ambitious 29-year-old gets a job at rising energy company Enron, assimilates into the get-rich-quick corporate culture. When the company collapses in bankruptcy in December 2001, he finds that he and millions of others lose everything – while the execs pocket billions of dollars. Co-produced by Robert Greenwald; directed by Penelope Spheeris; teleplay by Stephen Mazur, based on the book "Anatomy of Greed" by Brian Cruver; starring Christian Kane, Brian Dennehey, Mike Farrell, Shannon Elizabeth & Jon Ted Wynne
Echo Bridge Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [12/2007] for $6.70
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Smartest Guys / Enron   "The Smartest Guys In The Room: The Amazing Rise & Scandalous Fall of Enron" [2003]
by Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind

Portfolio 8½x5½ pb [9/2004] for $10.88
Portfolio 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2003] for $17.79
Smartest Guys In The Room movie poster   "Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room" [docu feature April 2005]
Co-written & directed by Alex Gibney; based on the book
Magnolia color DVD [1/2006] for $13.76
full credits from IMDb; official movie website  [requires Flash]
Conspiracy of Fools book about Enron by Kurt Eichenwald  "Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story" [N.Y. Times bestseller 2005]
by Kurt Eichenwald

"Behind thick corporate walls, in the shadows of Wall Street, along the corridors
of political power, a scandal is brewing ..."

Broadway Books 9x6 pb [12/2005] for $12.21
Broadway Books 9½x6½ hardcover [3/2005] out of print/hundreds used
Innovation Corrupted book by Malcolm Salter  "Innovation Corrupted: The Origins and Legacy of Enron's Collapse" [2008]
by {Harvard Business School professor emeritus} Malcolm S. Salter

Harvard Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2008] for $38.50
Capitalism at Work / Business, Government & Energy book by Robert L. Bradley, Jr.  "Capitalism At Work: Business, Government, and Energy" [2008]
by Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

The blame for the Enron collapse rests squarely with political capitalism - a system in which business interests routinely obtain and employ government intervention for their own interests at the expense of consumers, taxpayers, and competitors.
Kindle Edition from M & M Scrivener Press [10/2008] for $27.70
M & M Scrivener Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [10/2008] for $29.16


"Enron" musical feature film [2012?]  
Announced December 2010: The stageplay took the London stage by storm (written by Lucy Prebble &
directed by Rupert Goold), but flopped on Broadway (largely due to a hostile review in the New York Times).
George Clooney will produce • stageplay entry at Wikipedialatest info at IMDb

Boycott Wal-Mart !!
. . . the second option is to use the phrase "Boycott WongMart!!"

Wal-Mart Watch website
free report "Wal-Mart: Rolling Back Workers' Wages, Rights & the American Dream [2005]"
Sprawl Busters
AdBusters' Wal-Mart Takedown Action Center
non-union 'OUR Walmart' group
union-based 'Making Change At Wal-Mart' group
Working Families United for New Jersey 'WalMart-Free Newark' campaign
'Demand WalMart Sell Responsibly' anti-assault weapons campaign

“Wal-Mart is going in and slaughtering [small towns] just as we once killed the buffalo.”
— Garrison Keillor

"I have taken this stand: I have not and will never set foot inside either Wal-Mart or Sam's Club."
— G.E. Nordell

Working Minds Essay #94 [May 2011] “Wal-Mart Bad, Local Businesses Good”

Wal-Mart, Inc. [est. 1962] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

logos for Starbucks Coffee: old on left, new on right
Starbucks Coffee
Starbucks Corp. is a bad guy? Sure: They act like King Kong and buy the best location/s at the mall and
destroy the business of any other coffee seller (with no attempt made to buy them out).

Starbucks Corp. website
Starbucks Corp. entry at Wikipedia

Starbucks Corp. [est. 1971] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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