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

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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.

What is Citizens United? | An Introduction

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Citizens United is two different but related things: a Political Action Committee (PAC) in Washington, D.C., and a Supreme Court case about election spending in which the aforementioned PAC was the plaintiff. Both lie at the center of a debate over the role corporations should play in society.

NY Times Rails Against Fake Drugs, but Ignores the Role of Corporate Power in Creating the Demand

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The New York Times recently editorialized on the problem of fake drugs but failed to mention a core reason for the problem: a patent system that keeps drug prices beyond the reach of people who need them, even for drugs developed with taxpayer money.

Amazon Plays Hardball on Tax Avoidance in Texas

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Texas is among many states subsidizing Amazon Corporation. State officials offered well over $250 million in tax exemptions — $100,000 per job created — to get about 2500 fulfillment center jobs. Then Amazon shut down the facility.

Surprise! Citizens United Legal Reasoning Doesn’t Rely on Corporate Personhood

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There’s a misconception spreading that Citizens United is an extension of corporate personhood. It’s not. While it’s true that Citizens United strengthened 1st amendment protections for corporations, the basis for that protection isn’t personhood. Rather, the court’s decision rests on something else.

State Initiatives to Revoke Corporate Personhood and Overturn Buckley v. Valeo Win Big

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One state went red and the other blue in the presidential election, but citizens of Montana and Colorado agreed by overwhelming margins that we need to amend the U.S. Constitution to revoke the overwhelming power of money over elections.
In Montana, early returns showed…