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

A victim of fake drugs?

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

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

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

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…

Black Friday Now Black Thursday, But Don’t Expect the Best Bargains on Either

The competition for Black Friday deals intensifies

Instead of spending time with their families on Thanksgiving this year, employees for Walmart, Target and other chains are being asked to work on that day. Meanwhile Black Friday deals aren’t nearly what they’re chalked up to be, according to a study by the Wall Street Journal.

Constitutional Amendments Seem Impossible Until They Become Inevitable

It was a great benchmark of progress for the Democracy Movement when the NY Times published four essays on the merits of amending the Constitution to revoke the dominance of money over elections. We added reference links and some comments in publishing them here.

Walmart vs Target Redux: More Alike Than You Think

80 percent of the products in Target and Walmart are identical. The prices are often identical, too, and the most recent comparison by Bloomberg Businessweek found only a 46-cent difference between the two retailers per $100 of purchases.