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During the 1940s and 1950s, corrupt politicians championed the politics of [fanatical] anti-communism in order to divert attention from the growing nexus between organized crime, big business and government.
— Jonathan Marshall

I don't interfere with big business. None of those big business guys can say that I ever took a single dollar from them. I don't interfere with their racket. Why can't they leave my racket alone?
— Al Capone (Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers, 1970)

Seeing the Wood for the Trees
The ‘salvation’ of the natural environment falls to man. He alone has the power to determine not only his own fate but also that of the natural environment. Far from Christianity being the one that surrenders nature to the arbitrary will and power of humanity, it is the non-Christian view that does this with astounding self-righteousness.
— Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

SeeMichael Woodiwiss, John Loftus, Capitalism, Foreign Policy, McCarthyism, “Creeping Socialism”, Organized Crime

History of Corporations in the U.S.

William H. Whyte | Wikipedia
The Organization Man | Wikipedia

The U.S. Corporate Elite Is Killing Democracy and the Planet: We Need a United Multicultural, Multiracial Working-Class Progressive Front Now!

Nobody Knows Nothing in Corporate America

55 Corporations Paid $0 in Federal Taxes on 2020 Profits
The Latest on the Global Tax Agreement

Ireland Has Been Swallowed Whole by American Economics Sep 22, 2023
— The Country Has Sadly Evolved Into a Tax Haven for U.S. Corporations While Aligning Itself More and More with a Failing Empire

Ending Corporate Tyranny: Solutions to the Plague that Afflicts Us All

Corporations Can’t Love You

Water Joins Gold and Oil as Wall Streetʼs Next Precious Commodity

Business Roundtable Redefines the Purpose of a Corporation to Promote ‘An Economy That Serves All Americans’

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel | YouTube
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel | Wikipedia

The Corporation | YouTube
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The history of transnational corporations (TNCs)

This map shows the biggest company in each state by market cap 2016
The Largest Company in Every State by Revenue

Bloodsucker Capitalism: How Big Companies Extract Wealth From Everyone Else
How Governments and the Corporate Media Help Corporations Get Away With Their Crimes
Corporate Criminals have a very long charge list
Wells Fargo account fraud scandal | Wikipedia
Companies Accused of Greenwashing When companies green it, they better mean it.
Corporate coopting of "green" for self-serving purpose of maintaining status quo

Op-Ed: Trump is making a last-minute push to turn a sacred Arizona oasis into a copper pit| Los Angeles Times

Inflation

Inequality Media with Robert Reich
The Truth About Inflation You Are Being Lied To About Inflation
— “Corporations are using the excuse of inflation to raise prices and make fatter profits”

Who Broke The Economy? - Transcript | The Lever
Inflation and a broken supply chain created chaos across the world. Corporate consolidation is the reason it all happened.
— During the COVID-19 pandemic, it felt like we ran out of everything: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, microchips, exercise bikes, and more. High demand and supply shortages rocked the economy. Now we know that it was the corporations that did it to themselves.
In his new book How the World Ran out of Everything: Inside the Global Supply Chain, veteran New York Times reporter Peter Goodman who covers the global economy unspools the long and sordid history of how the supply chain went global, then consolidated, and ultimately ended up in the hands of just three companies — creating a complicated and surprising crisis that has unfolded around the world.
Then, as inflation began to set into the economy, corporations saw a huge opportunity to raise prices as consumers grew desperate — and they took it, giving us “greedflation.” In this episode of Lever Time, Goodman and Lindsay Owens, the executive director of The Groundwork Collaborative, sit down with senior podcast producer Arjun Singh to unpack how that gave us inflation.

How the World Ran Out of Everything: Inside the Global Supply Chain | Amazon
— How does the wealthiest country on earth run out of protective gear in the middle of a public health catastrophe? How do its parents find themselves unable to locate crucially needed infant formula? How do its largest companies spend billions of dollars making cars that no one can drive for a lack of chips?
The last few years have radically highlighted the intricacy and fragility of the global supply chain. Enormous ships were stuck at sea, warehouses overflowed, and delivery trucks stalled. The result was a scarcity of everything from breakfast cereal to medical devices, from frivolous goods to lifesaving necessities. And while the scale of the pandemic shock was unprecedented, it underscored the troubling reality that the system was fundamentally at risk of descending into chaos all along. And it still is. Sabotaged by financial interests, loss of transparency in markets, and worsening working conditions for the people tasked with keeping the gears turning, our global supply chain has become perpetually on the brink of collapse.
In How the World Ran Out of Everything, award-winning journalist Peter S. Goodman reveals the fascinating innerworkings of our supply chain and the factors that have led to its constant, dangerous vulnerability. His reporting takes readers deep into the elaborate system, showcasing the triumphs and struggles of the human players who operate it—from factories in Asia and an almond grower in Northern California, to a group of striking railroad workers in Texas, to a truck driver who Goodman accompanies across hundreds of miles of the Great Plains. Through their stories, Goodman weaves a powerful argument for reforming a supply chain to become truly reliable and resilient, demanding a radical redrawing of the bargain between labor and shareholders, and deeper attention paid to how we get the things we need.
From one of the most respected economic journalists working today, How the World Ran Out of Everything is a fiercely smart, deeply informative look at how our supply chain operates, and why its reform is crucial—not only to avoid dysfunction in our day to day lives, but to protect the fate of our global fortunes.

The mystery of rising prices. Are greedy corporations to blame for inflation?

Why corporations are reaping record profits with inflation on the rise

Inflation Message Test

Robert Kearns

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Taxes

Pfizer’s Massive Tax Dodge
The pharma giant previously received billions in federal funding and raked in huge profits, but owes nothing in 2023 income taxes thanks to legal loopholes and Trump-era tax cuts.
— “The 2017 tax law championed by Trump cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, but many corporations offshore profits and exploit other loopholes to pay even less.”

David Sirota

The Lever

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