Corporate Personhood Human Rights

Gaveling Down the Rabble: How Free Trade Is Stealing Our Democracy

Gaveling Down the Rabble: How Free Trade Is Stealing Our Democracy by Jane Anne Morris - POCLAD member In Gaveling Down the Rabble, author/activist Jane Anne Morris explores a century and a half of efforts by corporations and the courts to undermine local democracy in the United States by using a “free trade” model.

It was that very nineteenth-century model that was later adopted globally by corporations to subvert local attempts at protecting the environment and citizen and worker health.


The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution

The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution Financial and business corporations throw millions of dollars at think tanks, lobbyists and universities, exploiting writers and artists galore. Their assignment? To twist words, gnarl symbols, sell lies, whip people into line.

The Elite Consensus fingers the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation, and many other “educational” corporations, which men of property have unleashed on this planet.

The author shows how these corporate con artists teach us our history, elect our representatives, write our laws, define ideas and frame public policy debates. Originally published in 2000 by Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project as The Corporate Consensus.


Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy: A Book of History & Strategies

Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy: A Book of History & Strategies In these 70 essays, speeches, sermons and screeds, POCLADers probe: corporations as “legal persons”; corporate social responsibility as a ploy; strategies for amending state corporation codes and challenging judge-made laws; and much, much more.




The Rule of Property

The Rule of Property In The Rule of Property, Karen Coulter offers a groundbreaking new perspective on the rise of private property over the public domain by linking two popular streams of thought: the legal history of the rise of corporate power developed by POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy) together with the new thinking about corporate encroachment on the ecological and social commons. Coulter, a member of POCLAD, is also a forest activist who watchdogs public lands against corporate theft.


The Abuse of Power: Social Performance of Multinational Corporations – Case of Union Carbide

The Abuse of Power: Social Performance of Multinational Corporations - Case of Union Carbide The enormous size and global reach of multinational corporations make it increasingly difficult for any one country to hold them accountable when they behave recklessly.

This book demonstrates just how serious and urgent the problem has become by exposing Union Carbide’s record of abuse of its workers and the environment.

Abuse of Power examines the inadequacy of existing mechanisms and presents new ways of curbing corporate irresponsibility.


Global Aggression: The Case for World Standards and Bold Us Action Challenging

Global Aggression: The Case for World Standards and Bold Us Action Challenging An expose by INFACT (now Corporate Accountability International) of the role of the US-based tobacco corporations Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco in aggressively promoting tobacco internationally, contributing to the deaths of 3.5 million people worldwide per year.

Filled with examples of manipulation of public policy and big Tobacco’s disregard for advertising restrictions in other countries, Global Aggression builds a case for a combination of consumer pressure and world standards to stop the spread of tobacco-related diseases and hold tobacco transnationals accountable.


Building Unions: Past, Present and Future

Building Unions: Past, Present and Future Your union local or activist community group is doing good work against one corporate assault after another.

But your successes aren’t making the next campaigns easier.

Or challenging public officials who enable corporate usurpations. You’re itching to take action.


Inhuman Rights: Western System and Global Human Rights Abuse

Inhuman Rights: Western System and Global Human Rights Abuse An expose by INFACT (now Corporate Accountability International) of the role of the US-based tobacco corporations Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco in aggressively promoting tobacco internationally, contributing to the deaths of 3.5 million people worldwide per year.

Filled with examples of manipulation of public policy and big Tobacco’s disregard for advertising restrictions in other countries, Global Aggression builds a case for a combination of consumer pressure and world standards to stop the spread of tobacco-related diseases and hold tobacco transnationals accountable.


War and Peace and Democracy: Four Essays That Ask Why Again? And Where Goes The Peace Movement After Iraq?

War and Peace and Democracy: Four Essays That Ask Why Again? And Where Goes The Peace Movement After Iraq? Of all the possible responses to the attacks of September 11, why did the U.S. government choose war?

What can a reactivated peace movement learn from the Iraq war and from 20th Century social movement history to prepare us to do more than react to the demands of empire?

In other words: how can we fundamentally challenge the power of corporations to turn our government against us and march another generation off to war?


Taking care of business: Citizenship and the charter of incorporation

Taking care of business: Citizenship and the charter of incorporationFrom the Preface: Corporations cause harm every day.

Why do their harms go unchecked? How can they dictate what we produce,how we work, what we eat, drink and breathe?

How did a self-governing people let this come to pass?