Unequal Protection - Thom Hartmann (Paperback)
How Corporations Became "People"- and How You Can Fight Back
- R 574
- 7 Jun 2010
- Supply Source
- Thom Hartmann
- How Corporations Became "People"- and How You Can Fight Back
- Ingram Pub Services
- 2 REV EXP
- Number of Pages
- 222 x 146 x 25mm (522g)
NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED
The new edition of Unequal Protection details the deeply destructive results of the recent Supreme Court decision. Corporations now enjoy extraordinary privileges that make them virtually independent kingdoms. This new feudalism is not what our founders intended. Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that could truly save the world from political, economic, and ecological disaster. It’s time for “we, the people” to take back our lives.
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 and by winning special protections that enable them to avoid the responsibilities that come with these rights. How did something so illogical and unjust become the law of the land? Is there a way for American citizens to recover democracy of, by, and for the people? Thom Hartmann takes on these difficult questions and tells a startling story that will forever change your understanding of American history.
Americans have been struggling with the role of corporations since before the birth of the republic. Hartmann uncovers evidence that the Boston Tea Party was actually a protest against actions of the East India Company—the world’s first modern corporation—making it the great-great-granddaddy of today’s World Trade Organization protests. But eventually the corporations won. Hartmann tells the astonishing story of how an offhand comment by a Supreme Court justice led to the Fourteenth Amendment—originally passed to grant basic rights to freed slaves—becoming the justification for changing the status of corporations from “artificial persons” with limited rights to persons entitled to the same rights granted to human beings.
- General Subject
- BISAC Subject 1
- Business & Economics / Business Ethics
- BIC Classification 1
- Political control & freedoms
- BIC Classification 2
- Political control & freedoms
- Library Subject 1
- Industrial policy; United States; History.
- Library Subject 2
- Corporation law; United States; History.
- Library Subject 3
- Business and politics; United States; History.
- Academic Subject 1
- Business Ethics
- Dewey Classification
--Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current
"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."
--Paul Hawken, coauthor of Natural Capitalism and author of The Ecology of Commerce
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy