Gangs of America

Gangs of America

The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy

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Baker & Taylor
The activist and founder of Peachpit Press reveals how the corporation has become the dominant institution in modern life, pointing to the dangers this situation holds for the planet and presenting a blueprint for restoring democracy. Reprint.

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This is a synthetic historical account of the rise of the corporation and its gradual consolidation of political, legal, and economic power in the United States and globally. Written for a general audience, the narrative traces the development of corporations from their earliest beginnings in the English craft and merchant guilds through the political and legal battles that allowed them to gain their current position of global power at the expense of democratic controls. Unlike other works on the topic, the author valuably extends the discussion of the development corporate rights beyond the infamous Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad to identify three stages in the creation of corporate rights: legislative creation of corporate quasi-rights (1820-1900), judicial creation of corporate-constitutional rights (1886-1986), and trade agreement creation of corporate global rights (1987-present). For this new edition, he has added a chapter on alternatives that points to the European Union's corporate model. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Designed to seek profit and power, it has pursued both with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of law and even challenging the sovereign status of the state.

After selling his successful computer book publishing business to a large corporation, Ted Nace felt increasingly driven to find answers to questions about where the corporation came from, how it got so much power, and where it is going. In Gangs of America he details the rise of corporate power in America through a series of fascinating stories, each organized around a different facet of the central question: “How did corporations get more rights than people?” Nace traces the events and people that have shaped the modern corporation to give us a fascinating look into the rise of corporate power.

Baker
& Taylor

The activist and founder of Peachpit Press reveals how the corporation has become the dominant institution in modern life, pointing to the dangers this situation holds for the planet and presenting a blueprint for restoring democracy.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler, c2005
ISBN: 9781576753194
1576753190
Characteristics: x, 297 p. ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Mar 27, 2013

Predatory jurisprudence, an unknown term to most people, but it is that form of law which whittles down our rights, liberties, freedoms and, most of all, opportunities! This book has grown even more important than when it was first published as President Obama seeks to legitimize the latest assault on the American citizenry: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and affiliated trade agreements! To understand how corporations became so all-powerful, second only to their owners, the banks, read this book!

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Jan 26, 2013

One of the most important books any truly concerned citizen of America must read. Mr. Nace has thoroughly done his homework on this one; covers the most salient and deleterious points most succinctly and in an enlightening fashion. Must read for the majority. (After this, read the two books by the founders of that well-known financial rating service, Moody's: John Moody and his "The Masters of Capital" and "The Truth About the Trusts" --- the factoids you learn will blow you away!!!!!

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