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.

Kicking the Coal Habit

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Coal isn’t far behind firearm homicides or drunk driving in killing people in the US, annually causing 24,000 heart attacks, 217,600 asthma attacks, and dispatching 13,200 Americans. No wonder so many citizens increasingly oppose its use and export.

Bozeman Resolution on Coal Trains

A resolution of the Bozeman City Commission to request that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hold a public hearing in Bozeman, Montana, and that it prepare a comprehensive Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on the cumulative impacts of new and expanded coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon.

Walmart Poised to Take Over South African Retail

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, is close to agreeing a deal marking its first foray into Africa after bidding 16.5bn rand (£1.5bn) for control of South Africa’s Massmart.

No “Legitimacy” to the WTO

NAFTA has proved to U.S. and Latin American citizens that treaties that subordinate democracy to the desires of corporate elites have undermined not only democracy but decades of reliable economic improvement for average citizens.

Transnational Corporations Dodging Taxes Through “Transfer Pricing”

How drug companies and other multinational companies based in the U.S. systematically avoid paying tax in the U.S. on their profits.

USDA and Beef Industry Giants Fight Small Producer Wanting to Ensure Safe Meat

Beef firm faces perplexing resistance to mad cow tests.