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Book - Peter Dauvergne , Genevieve LeBaron - Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism
"Mass protests have raged since the global financial crisis of 2008. Across the world students and workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets. Discontent is seething even in the wealthiest countries, as the world saw with Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Protest Inc. tells a disturbingly different story of global activism. As millions of grassroots activists rally against capitalism, activism more broadly is increasingly mirroring business management and echoing calls for market-based solutions. The past decade has seen nongovernmental organizations partner with oil companies like ExxonMobil, discount retailers like Walmart, fast-food chains like McDonald’s, and brand manufacturers like Nike and Coca-Cola. NGOs are courting billionaire philanthropists, branding causes, and turning to consumers as wellsprings of reform. Are “career” activists selling out to pay staff and fund programs? Partly. But far more is going on. Political and socioeconomic changes are enhancing the power of business to corporatize activism, including a worldwide crackdown on dissent, a strengthening of consumerism, a privatization of daily life, and a shifting of activism into business-style institutions. Grassroots activists are fighting back. Yet, even as protestors march and occupy cities, more and more activist organizations are collaborating with business and advocating for corporate-friendly “solutions.” This landmark book sounds the alarm about the dangers of this corporatizing trend for the future of transformative change in world politics."
book  publisher  activism  corporatism  money  funding  organizations  structure 
march 2014 by tsuomela
No more generating knowledge for its own sake, research creativity is the new frontier | LSE Review of Books
Globalization and Technocapitalism: The Political Economy of Corporate Power and Technological Domination. Luis Suarez-Villa. Ashgate. 2012.
book  review  globalization  technology  capitalism  corporatism  critical-theory  research 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The Individual in a Networked World: Two Scenarios | World Future Society
"Although present technologies are still far from realizing either scenario in its entirety, each represents a potential evolution from current trajectories. The first scenario assumes a move toward more networked individualism based on continued technological progress and trust in computer and human networks—including the withering of boundaries.

The second scenario assumes more boundaries, more costs, more corporate concentration, and more surveillance. At present, the Western world is trending in the direction of the first scenario, but we would be naïve to think that the second scenario could not happen." Annotated link
future  scenario  online  computers  technology  media  internet  freedom  privacy  corporatism 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Mythbusters Banned From Discussing RFID By Visa And Mastercard | Disinformation
Host Adam Savage of Mythbusters tells how Visa, Mastercard, and Discover had the Discovery Channel put the kibosh on an episode that would have revealed just how “trackable and hackable” the RFID chips found in many credit cards are. It’s a telling example of how corporate advertisers serve as the gatekeepers of mainstream media/entertainment:
rfid  business  advertising  corporatism  television  media 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Wal-Mart -- It's Alive!
"So if Wal-Mart is a life-form, it is an unclassifiable one, at least in ordinary terrestrial terms. It eats, devouring acre after acre and town after town. It grows without limit, sometimes assuming new names -- Walmex in Mexico, Asda in the U.K. -- to trick the unwary. Yet in its defense in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart suit, Wal-Mart claims to have no idea what it's doing. This could be a metaphor for capitalism or perhaps a sign that a successful alien invasion is in progress. The only thing that's for sure is, should the Supreme Court decide in favor of Wal-Mart, we'll have a lot more of these creatures running around: monstrously oversized "persons" who insist that they can't control their own actions."
law  supreme-court  walmart  business  personhood  collective  collective-action  privacy  corporatism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Invaders from Mars - Charlie's Diary
Why do we feel so politically powerless? Why is the world so obviously going to hell in a handbasket? Why can't anyone fix it?

Here's my (admittedly whimsical) working hypothesis ...
The rot set in back in the 19th century, when the US legal system began recognizing corporations as de facto people.
politics  corporatism 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: The pedagogy of the oppressors: The Cold War university & the roots of our current crisis
"On further reflection, however, I believe I have a clearer view of what's going on here.  Yes, conservative hegemonic warfare plays an important unacknowledged role.  But it has been successful in part because of the nature of the so-called "liberal establishment" which defined itself  in the context of the Cold War."
...Mario Savio, free speech at Berkeley, Clark Kerr and the uses of the university, administrator overreach, decline and fall of liberal education
education  conservatism  markets  ideology  cold-war  economics  meritocracy  academia  decline  liberal  liberal-arts  corporatism 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Free Press | Media reform through education, organizing and advocacy
Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.

Free Press was launched in late 2002 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney and Josh Silver, our President and CEO.
media-reform  media  journalism  money  economics  corporatism  lobbying  reform  netneutrality 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Firms See Long-Sought Goal in Sight: Major Pay Cuts Through Two Tiers - Working In These Times
These firms are systematically implementing a major strategy to permanently drive down wages far below anything considered "middle class." The key tool for corporations: forcing acceptance of permanent two-tier wage structures and the insertion of nonunion casual workers into union plants to drive down union pay to levels unimaginable a couple years back. Big business is essentially trying to take back the hard-won gains of working people won over generations.
waiting-for-the-revolution  labor  work  unions  wages  corporatism 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - A Sin and a Shame -
“They threw out far more workers and hours than they lost output,” said Professor Sum. “Here’s what happened: At the end of the fourth quarter in 2008, you see corporate profits begin to really take off, and they grow by the time you get to the first quarter of 2010 by $572 billion. And over that same time period, wage and salary payments go down by $122 billion.”

That kind of disconnect, said Mr. Sum, had never been seen before in all the decades since World War II.
waiting-for-the-revolution  work  economics  labor  productivity  corporatism 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - The Class War We Need -
In the age of Barack Obama, many rank-and-file conservatives have been more upset about redistribution of a different sort — the kind that takes money from the prosperous and “spreads the wealth” (as Obama put it, in his famous confrontation with Joe the Plumber) down the income ladder.

This kind of spending can be problematic. But conservatives need to recognize that the most pernicious sort of redistribution isn’t from the successful to the poor. It’s from savers to speculators, from outsiders to insiders, and from the industrious middle class to the reckless, unproductive rich.
economics  politics  welfare  business  corporate  corporatism  spending  conservatism  class-war 
july 2010 by tsuomela
What the Founding Fathers Really Thought About Corporations - Justin Fox - Harvard Business Review
A couple months ago the Supreme Court ruled that restricting corporate political spending amounted to restricting free speech. In this view, corporations are pretty much equivalent to people. Would that have seemed reasonable to the Founding Fathers?

In a word, no.

I read this opinion carefully — I'm trained as a historian, not a lawyer. Chief Justice Roberts lays out an ideologically pure view of corporations as associations of citizens — leveling differences between companies, schools and other groups. So in his view Boeing is no different from Harvard, which is no different from the NAACP, or Citizens United, or my local neighborhood civic association. It's lovely prose, but as a matter of history the majority is simply wrong.
business  history  politics  american  american-studies  capitalism  corporation  corporatism  constitution  founding-fathers  18c  law  speech  freedom 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Economic View - ‘Too Big to Fail’ Is Dangerous, in Finance and Health Care -
by Tyler Cowen. A good argument against too much political influence in banking and health care being bad for both.
politics  economics  favoritism  corporatism  markets  discipline  free-markets  libertarian 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: What's Wrong WIth The Democratic Party, Part #74,397
This gets it exactly right. The corporate wing of the party is permanently at war with the party's activist base. Permanently. One might have hoped that Obama would have brought about some sort of truce. After all, it would have been the smart, prudent, pragmatic thing to do.

No dice.
democrats  progressivism  history  party  politics  liberal  corporatism  intraparty  conflict 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Projection Marches On!
it's a whole lot easier to document the projection involved. That's because the dynamic of wealthy special interests supporting street thuggery against "the left" is exactly how both Mussolini and Hitler came to power.
fascism  health-care  corporatism  corporate  politics  town-hall  fake-outrage 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Douglas Rushkoff » Life Inc: Introduction
, but people of all social classes making choices that go against their better judgment because they believe it’s really the only sensible way to act under the circumstances. It’s as if the world itself were tilted, pushing us toward self- interested, short- term decisions, made more in the manner of corporate share-holders than members of a society. The more decisions we make in
this way, the more we contribute to the very conditions leading to this awfully sloped landscape. In a dehumanizing and self-denying cycle, we make too many choices that—all things being equal—we’d prefer not to make.
corporatism  gloom-and-doom  capitalism  ideology 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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