Corporate Control of American Democracy

" Corporations have taken over the government and turned it against its own people."

Ralph Nader

Corporate watch

Corporate Welfare

Transnational Corporations & the Third World

" I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country. "

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US president 1801-1809

Corporate Personhood website
Alliance for Democracy website
POCLAD website
Global Exchange website
Corporate Watch website
Citizens' Sovereignty Amendment website

Challenging Corporations

Challenging Corporate Rule - revoking UNOCAL's charter

Chartering a New Course - Revoking Corporations' Right to Exist

Challenging Corporate Personhood - Corporations, the U.S. Constitution, and Democracy

Global Rules for Corporate Accountability - Proposal to Establish Corporate Accountability Convention

Fixing the Rotten Corporate Barrel - States grant corporate charters; they should start taking some of them away


"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country...corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."

President Abraham Lincoln


"The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas."

Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist



Know Thine Enemy / History of Corporations
TNCs Stride the World
Stop Corporate Welfare - Ralph Nader
Controlling corporations and democratizing the world economy
Challenging Corporate Power
Confronting the Corporation
How We Can Democratize Corporations
Bad Company - How to civilize the corporation

" [T]here seems to be nothing to prevent the transnational corporations taking possession of the planet and subjecting humanity to the dictatorship of capital.... In order to crush any thought of organized resistance to the supporters of the new world order, tremendous police and military forces are being used to establish a doctrine of repression...."

Christian la Brie, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris)

Ford and the Führer
Power Grab - the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)
Stateless Corporations -- Lords of the Global Economy
Corporate Power and the Quality of Life
Corporate Rules of the Game
Winners Take All
Origins of Corporate Power
Liquid Asset - Water as a Corporate Commodity
Food Money

" American private enterprise is confronted with this choice; it may strike out and save its position all over the world, or sit by and witness its own funeral.... We must set the pace and assume the responsibility of the majority stockholder in this corporation known as the world.... This is a permanent obligation.... Our foreign policy will be more concerned with the safety and stability of our foreign investments than ever before. "

Standard Oil of New Jersey executive, 1946

Corporations and Free Speech
First Amendment Follies
Democracy and Corporations - Arcata, California
Taxing the Environment - Corporate Tax Breaks
Corporate crackdowns
Corporate Rights vs. Human Need
Big Stick Approach-European Union holds corporations accountable
Taking Care of Business: Citizenship and Charter of Incorporation

"In the absence of a coherent alternative, the transnational corporations carry on inexorably. Increasingly flagless and stateless, they weave global webs of production, commerce, culture and finance virtually unopposed. They expand, invest and grow, concentrating ever more wealth in a limited number of hands. They work in coalition to influence local, national and international institutions and laws. And together with the governments of their home countries in Europe, North America and Japan, as well as international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and increasingly, the United Nations, they are molding an international system in which they can trade and invest even more freely--a world where they are less and less accountable to the cultures, communities and nation-states in which they operate. Underpinning this effort is not the historical inevitability of an evolving, enlightened civilization, but rather the unavoidable reality of the overriding corporate purpose: the maximization of profits."

The Corporate Planet (Sierra Club Books)

New Strategy Focuses on Corporations
Corporate Behavior
The Corporation
Fixing Corporations - Part 1: Legacy of the Founding Parents
Fixing Corporations - Part 2: Corporations for Seventh Generation
Challenging Corporate Authority

" Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. "

Neo-liberal economist Milton Friedman in his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom

After Enron- Ralph Nader
Richard Grossman / POCLAD - interview
Learning from Enron
Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender - Nader
First Local Government in U.S. Refuses to Recognize Corporate Claims to Civil Rights: Bans Corporate Involvement in Governing
Corporate Control of North America
On the Wal-Mart Money Trail (11/05)

Corporate watch

Transnational Corporations

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