Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy

Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy

by Ted Nace
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1576753190

ISBN-13: 9781576753194

Pub. Date: 08/09/2005

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

From its roots in 17th-century Britain to its modern incarnation in Enron and WorldCom, the modern corporation — restless, autonomous, and self-perpetuating — has gained potency. Designed to seek profit and power, the corporation has pursued both objectives with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of the law and incurring destruction in its

Overview

From its roots in 17th-century Britain to its modern incarnation in Enron and WorldCom, the modern corporation — restless, autonomous, and self-perpetuating — has gained potency. Designed to seek profit and power, the corporation has pursued both objectives with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of the law and incurring destruction in its path. Where did the corporation come from? How did it get so much power? What is its ultimate trajectory? Considering the importance of such questions, it is surprisingly difficult to find answers.
Using cutting-edge research from academic historians, sociologists, political scientists, and legal scholars, "Gangs of America attempts to answer these questions in a unique, riveting narrative. The book recounts the settlement of America by corporations, details the surprising impetus for the Revolutionary War, then traces the expansion of corporate rights onto the global stage — culminating in an assessment of current struggles over such issues as media control and campaign finance reform. Part of the "BK Currents series, the book promotes positive social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576753194
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/09/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
1,178,506
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction....................1
One How Did Corporations Get So Much Power?....................11
Two From Street Fights to Empire....................19
Three The Ultimate Reality Show....................30
Four Why the Colonists Feared Corporations ....................38
Five ... And What They Did About It....................46
Six The Genius....................56
Seven Superpowers....................70
Eight The Judge....................87
Nine The Court Reporter....................102
Ten The Lavender-Vested Turkey Gobbler....................110
Eleven Survival of the Fittest....................118
Twelve The Revolt of the Bosses....................137
Thirteen Speech = Money....................152
Fourteen Judicial Yoga....................161
Fifteen Crime Wave....................178
Sixteen Global Rule....................187
Seventeen Fighting Back....................197
Eighteen Intelligent, Amoral, Evolving....................219
Nineteen So What's the Alternative?....................230
Appendix A Supreme Court Decisions....................243
Appendix B The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment....................251
Notes....................253
References....................276
Index....................282
About the Author....................298

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