The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution

The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution

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The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution by George Draffan, Richard L. Grossman, Ward Morehouse, Richard L. Grossman

Financial and business corporations throw millions of dollars at think tanks, lobbyists and universities, exploiting writers and artists galore. Their assignment? To twist words, gnarl symbols, sell lies, whip people into line. The Elite Consensus fingers the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation, and many other "educational" corporations, which men of property have unleashed on this planet. The author shows how these corporate con artists teach us our history, elect our representatives, write our laws, define ideas and frame public policy debates. Originally published in 2000 by Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project as The Corporate Consensus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891843143
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Dynamics of Power 3

The Anatomy of Power 5

Cultural Power: The Colonization of Our Minds 8

Mass Media, Media Monopoly 8

Public Relations: Smoothing the Rough Edges 10

Educating the Public, Incorporating Public Education 11

Foundations and Think Tanks: Educating the Public, Persuading the Lawmakers 12

Legal and Political Power: Leveraging Authority 14

Corporate Law 14

Formal and Informal Advisory Groups 16

Revolving Doors and Interlocks: The Keys to the Club 17

Lobbying and Political Influence-Buying 18

Economic Power: Avenues of Wealth 23

Mergers, Oligopolies, and Cartels: The Real Game of Monopoly 25

Political Risk Insurance 27

Banks and Development Agencies: The Engines of Globalization 29

Trade Treaties and Structural Adjustment: Forced Participation in the Corporate Economy 33

Police and Military Power: The Ultimate Weapon 38

From Colonies to the Global Economy: Protecting Corporate Profits 39

Protecting Capital and Fighting for Resources 40

The Military as Industry 42

Synergy: The Web of Power 44

Part 2 Profiles of Corporate Power 45

American Enterprise Institute 49

Bilderberg 52

Brookings Institution 55

Business Council 57

Business Roundtable 58

Cato Institute 61

Citizens for a Sound Economy 64

Conference Board 67

Council on Foreign Relations 71

European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) 74

Heritage Foundation 79

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace 82

Hudson Institute 85

International Chamber of Commerce 87

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 93


Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) 101

Trilateral Commission 104

Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) 107

United Nations 110

U.S. Chamber of Commerce 114

U.S. Export-Import Bank 118

U.S. Federal Reserve Bank 121

U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) 123

USA 'Engage 126

World Bank/International Monetary Fund 130

World Business Council for Sustainable Development 135

World Economic Forum (Davos) 137

World Trade Organization (WTO) 139

Appendix 1 Corporate Lobbying Ranked by Expenditures 143

Appendix 2 Top Lobbyists and Their Clients 144

Appendix 3 Top Political Donors to U.S. Political Campaigns, 1989 to 2002314 146

Appendix 4 Top Global Corporations, By Industry 147

Appendix 5 Recent Studies of Corporate Subsidies 152

Appendix 6 Leaders of Bilderberg 154

Appendix 7 Officers & Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations 157

Appendix 8 Further Sources of Information 163

Endnotes 165

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