Whistleblowers Risking It All in Defiance of the Security State

whistleblowers are under attack

The Obama administration has expanded the government’s whistleblower crackdown: it has invoked the Espionage Act seven times to prosecute federal officials suspected of leaking information, more than twice the number of Espionage Act indictments filed under all other presidents combined.

On Sales Tax, Amazon Wins Even When it Loses

Soon, Amazon customers will finally pay sales tax. While that may seem to be a victory against Amazon’s aggressive rent-seeking, it isn’t. The company is accepting the taxes on its terms. In fact, the national law compelling Amazon to pay sales tax will help it save money as it builds warehouses.

What We Can Learn About Corporations From the Man Who Sold Shares in Himself

Mike Merrill

Wired.com recently posted an amusing article about a man who sold shares in himself in exchange for a cut of his future earnings and the right to make decisions about his life. The consequences shed light on problems of our system of corporate ownership, problems which are otherwise difficult to see.

Too Big to Fail is Too Big to Prosecute? Increasingly, Legislators Think Not

For years, legislators have avoided prosecuting some big banks for their crimes, fearing that, thanks to their size, doing so would disrupt the economy. Recently, however, momentum is building in Washington toward reforming the banks.

Corporate Welfare Grows to $154 Billion even in Midst of Major Government Cuts

The Embodiment of Corporate Welfare Himself - Mr. Moneybags

Even as the federal government executes major cutbacks, it’s giving huge subsidies in the form of tax breaks to industry, a fact legislators rarely acknowledge. The Boston Globe recently published a thorough and eye-popping report detailing the nature and extent of these breaks. A must-read.

Book Review: Owning Our Future

The Emerging Ownership Revolution Marjorie Kelly

The biggest problems often seem less like problems and more like unavoidable features of reality – their permanence and ubiquity make them invisible. In her new book, Owning Our Future, Marjorie Kelly argues we now face a problem of this kind: ownership of corporations. We love this book.

Citizens United is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

As shameful as the Citizens United decision is, we must confront the sobering reality that it is only the tip of the iceberg. A small ruling elite (often succinctly described as the 1%) have stolen control of the country, and they are ruling over us.