Through the Development Fund and the Export-Import Bank programs, the Iraqi people’s oil will finance U.S. corporate entrees into Iraq. In the long term, Executive Order 13303 protects anything those corporations do to seize control of Iraq’s oil, from the point of production to the gas pump — and places oil companies above the rule of law.
If the book chains continue displacing community-based booksellers, we all will lose out as prices climb higher (B&N already has eliminated the heavy discounting on which it built market share). More importantly, the diversity of published thought will erode in a market dominated by a few centralized powers.
International Dairy Foods represents rivalrous claims upon the First Amendment: the corporate claim upon the right not to be associated with certain speech versus the human right to be informed. It calls attention to the immoral arrangement of granting human rights –those few recognized in the Constitution — to corporations.