Search Results for "corporations" : 60

by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm / in Business, Domestic, Organizations

Rigging the System

…, it risks allowing critical aspects of the country’s energy policy to be dictated by the financial interests of corporations that cannot be effectively held accountable by the American people. The primary difference between the behavior of multinational corporations and states relates to this idea of democratic accountability. Simply put, modern democratic states provide concrete mechanisms – like elections – by which citizens can hold state gov…

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by / on August 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Citizens Standing United

…from C-SPAN3 In his notable dissent in Ligget Co. v Lee (1933), Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that corporations “have brought such concentration of economic power that so-called private corporations are sometimes able to dominate the state.” What Brandeis observed in the twentieth century has again become a threat today. Not since the Gilded Age has money in politics become such a corrosive problem. Through the Supreme Court’s label…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:26 am / in Europe, Issue, World

Dude, Where’s my capital?

…hore banking] system works.” Of course, the practice of massive international tax evasion by major multinational corporations is already more or less an open secret.  It should come as a surprise to no one that many wealthy people and corporations keep their money in Switzerland or in one of the many lesser-known countries that qualify as tax havens (countries with nominal or no taxes levied, in a fairly deliberate attempt to leverage the interna…

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:06 am / in Current Issue

Puerto No Rico

…6 U.S.C. §936). Section 936 granted tax exemptions to income originating on US territories, drawing thousands of corporations to Puerto Rico and substantially accelerating its economic growth. When Section 936 eventually came under criticism for essentially allowing large companies to avoid paying taxes, it was phased out—and with the disappearance of the tax exemptions came the disappearance of industry in Puerto Rico. Corporations that no longe…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm / in Asia, Issue, Op-Ed, World

The Green Leap Forward

…a’s ability to influence or evade U.S. and W.T.O. trade measures has increased with its economic clout. American corporations themselves have been timid about advocating these measures. The New York Times reported on September 9th, 2010 that American corporations are hesitant to file a case against China out of fear of hostile retaliation by the Chinese government. While the United Steelworkers Union has filed a petition, there has not yet been a…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:52 am / in Domestic, Election, Judicial, Student Stump

Citizens United, Columbians Divided

…campaign finance laws. When these laws were passed, Congress took a stance on something that should be obvious: corporations are not people. In reifying the dangerous idea of corporate personhood, the Supreme Court claimed defense of free speech. But why are corporations entitled to First Amendment rights? Citizens United does not grant anyone free speech where it was previously restricted. The Supreme Court, in effect, gave a few ultra-wealthy…

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by / on February 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Election

Blast from the Past: Citizens United; Columbians Divided

…campaign finance laws. When these laws were passed, Congress took a stance on something that should be obvious: corporations are not people. In reifying the dangerous idea of corporate personhood, the Supreme Court claimed defense of free speech. But why are corporations entitled to First Amendment rights? Citizens United does not grant anyone free speech where it was previously restricted. The Supreme Court, in effect, gave a few ultra-wealthy…

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:25 am / in Current Issue

Removing the Stink

…he emergence of what Dr. Jamil Mouawad chronicles in The Guardian as a parallel state, one controlled by private corporations enabled by a systematically weakened regime. High expenses, lack of expertise and weak infrastructure in the post-war period led the government to place provision of water and electricity and the collection of garbage in the hands of private corporations. Officially, garbage is handled and budgeted by each municipality, bu…

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by / on July 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Tax Black-Holes & Tax Loop-Holes

…ew tax revenue. Sitting in the opposite corner are the lobbyists which represent the entrenched elites and large corporations. Davidson adds: “The big problem, of course, is that many of the people and corporations with the most influence over Congress don’t want [a simplified tax code].” Their lobbying is likely to continue; many large firms spend inordinate amounts on lobbying and campaign contributions. Since lobbying leads to massive corporat…

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by / on February 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm / in Campus, Julia Ghahramani, Web Columnists

Columbia, The Socially Irresponsible Investor

…in the weakest sense possible) to social responsibility. The U.S. government, in conjunction with private prison corporations, has institutionalized the death penalty, torture, false imprisonment, racial bias, and solitary confinement in its dealings with convicted citizens. Does the fact of these human rights abuses not merit an acknowledgement from the University beyond merely a simple ‘report’ from the very corporations profiting f…

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