Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama: Globalization and the Downsizing of the American Dream

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While Hollywood has replaced politics with silly diversions about alien invasions, many Americans face a tangible fear: the seemingly inexorable grip of corporate power over their lives. Wages have been dropping for twenty years. Income inequality that grew under Reagan and Bush accelerated under Clinton. More and more people face an uncertain future as the "land of opportunity" becomes a cynical empty phrase for millions of Americans. A hard-hitting anthology that includes essays by Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, ...
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While Hollywood has replaced politics with silly diversions about alien invasions, many Americans face a tangible fear: the seemingly inexorable grip of corporate power over their lives. Wages have been dropping for twenty years. Income inequality that grew under Reagan and Bush accelerated under Clinton. More and more people face an uncertain future as the "land of opportunity" becomes a cynical empty phrase for millions of Americans. A hard-hitting anthology that includes essays by Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin and others, Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama offers an incisive overview of how corporations, long plunderers of the Third World, are unleashing "market forces" like a pack of rabid dogs attacking the American way of life.

In "Paying to Lose Our Jobs", Patricia Horn shows that U.S. women, especially women of color, are the big losers in the low-wage bidding game. Each year from 1979 to 1992 an average of 41,000 apparel workers in the United States lost their jobs. Three-quarters of U.S. apparel workers are women, over a third of whom are minorities. This combination makes them the U.S.'s most vulnerable workers.

Yet for all the bad news, Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama brings you the good news as well: there are hundreds of groups struggling to create more democratic control of the capitol and capital.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781567511123
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: Debunking the Corporate Agenda 7
Introduction: Corporate Power and the Quality of Life 15
1 Stateless Corporations: Lords of the Global Economy 35
2 Giants Stalk, Creation Trembles 43
3 When Corporations Rule the World 49
4 Rules of the Game 57
5 Corporate Crime: Underworld USA 61
6 Billions for Corporations, Bills for the People 69
7 Separating Corporate Interests from the National Interest 75
8 The Ideology of Competitiveness 87
9 Behind the Cloak of Benevolence: World Bank/IMF Policies Hurt Workers at Home and Abroad 97
10 Paying to Lose Our Jobs 105
11 Shattered Promises: The Truth Behind NAFTA's Claims of Job Creation 115
12 Corporate Technology and the Threat to Civil Society 121
13 Global Ecology and the Common Good 133
14 NAFTA's Environmental Side Show 143
15 Look What the GATT Dragged In 151
16 Shrugging Off an Attack on the Clean Air Act 153
17 Global Reach: Workers Fight the Multinationals 157
18 A Common Sense Citizens' Agenda 163
19 Don't Waste Time with Politicians - Organize! 171
20 The U.S.-Salvador Gap 177
21 A Better Way to Measure the Economy 181
22 Stakeholders vs. Stockholders 185
23 The New Protectionism 193
Conclusion 199
Notes 205
Index 209
Contributing Authors 219
About Global Exchange 222
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