Americans have been struggling with the role of corporations since before the birth of the republic. As Thom Hartmann shows, the Boston Tea Party was actually a protest against the British East India Companyâthe first modern corporation. Unequal Protection tells the astonishing story of how, after decades of sensible limits on corporate power, an offhand, off-the-record comment by a Supreme Court justice led to the Fourteenth Amendmentâoriginally passed to grant basic rights to freed slavesâbecoming the justification for granting corporations the same rights as human beings. And Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that will finally put an end to the bizarre farce of corporate personhood.
This new edition has been thoroughly updated and features Hartmannâs analysis of two recent Supreme Court cases, including Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which tossed out corporate campaign finance limits.
About: Arguing that corporations control modern-day society, culture, politics, and economics, the author calls for an end to corporate abuses and for a rise of a movement to take back the government from business.
About: Unequal taxes, unequal accountability for crime, unequal influence, unequal control of the media, unequal access to natural resources—corporations have gained these privileges and more by exploiting their legal status as persons.
About: Arguing that corporations control modern-day society, culture, politics, and economics, the author of The Prophet's Way calls for an end to corporate abuses and for a rise of a grassroots revolutionary movement to take back the government from business, shift to a values-based economy, and eliminate the consequences of a consumerist society.
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