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Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do about It

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This important and timely volume on American politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century examines the groundbreaking Citizens United Supreme Court ruling granting certain personhood rights to corporations, and explores the history of efforts by corporate powers to influence and control the mechanisms of government, much to the detriment of representative democracy and America's founding principles. The work explores key issues in corporate influence, the role of money in electoral politics, and corporate America's role in the destruction of the working economy. The final section of the text provides a practical discussion of the steps that citizens can take to combat corporate influence in politics and restore democracy and representative government, including information on the growing momentum of the proposed Twenty-Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, The People's Rights Amendment. Clements is the co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizen's United. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This is the first practical guide for every citizen on the problem of corporate personhood and the tools we have to overturn it. Jeff Clements explains why the Citizen's United case is the final win in a campaign for corporate domination of the state that began in the 1970s under Richard Nixon. More than this, Clements shows how unfettered corporate rights will impact public health, energy policy, the environment, and the justice system. Where Thom Hartmann's Unequal Protection provides a much-needed detailed legal history of corporate personhood, Corporations Are Not People answers the reader's question: "What does Citizens United mean to me?" And, even more important, it provides a solution: a Constitutional amendment, included in the book, which would reverse Citizens United. The book's ultimate goal is to give every citizen the tools and talking points to overturn corporate personhood state by state, community by community with petitions, house party kits, draft letters, shareholder resolutions, and much more.

About the Author

Jeff Clements is a co-founder and General Counsel of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to strengthen self-government and democracy in America by reversing Citizens United v. FEC and corporate rights doctrines that unduly leverage corporate economic power into political power. Jeff is also founder of Clements Law Office, LLC, and has represented and advocated for people, businesses and the public interest since 1988.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator with an extensive involvement with public television, producing documentaries and news journal programs. He has been president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy since 1990.

Table of Contents

Foreword- Bill Moyers

Introduction: Corporations Are Not People

Chapter One—Democracy Works and Corporations Fight Back

Chapter Two- Corporations Are Not People And They Make Lousy Parents

Chapter Three - What Are Corporations?

Chapter Four- Corporations Don’t Vote; They Don’t Have To

Chapter Five- Did Corporate Power and Crony Capitalism Destroy the Working American Economy?

Chapter Six- Corporations Cannot Love

Chapter Seven- How We Can Restore Free Speech for People

 

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tgrang13, July 30, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
I was expecting a lot more from this book, honestly. I thought that it was good, but it is really not a "definitive guide to overturning Citizens' United" as is stated at the top of the cover. However, there was a lot of interesting insight as to why we got to where we are today in the debate of whether or not corporations are people(by the way, they are not), and if they are afforded the same rights to free speech as actual humans. I enjoyed this book, but I don't think that I would recommend it to a lot of people. If you do want to read it, I would just go into it knowing that it is basically a history lesson on how our government concluded that corporations are people.
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camtil, December 12, 2011 (view all comments by camtil)
Very important book that all should read. A corporation will be a person if one is executed.
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cljackson, December 8, 2011 (view all comments by cljackson)
This is a book that should have been written 30 yrs ago, so that corporation never became peoeple. The influence of politicians by lobbists is nothing new, but the influence to change laws is looking more dangeous and hopefully reading this will give us all actions we can take to turn back the hands of time and religate the influences of the corporations to the boardroom,and save the rights of the people from being trampled.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781609941055
Subtitle:
Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It
Author:
Clements, Jeffrey D
Author:
Moyers, Bill
Author:
Clements, Jeffrey D.
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Subject:
CURRENT AFFAIRS, CORPORATE HISTORIES, CORPORATE CULTURE, ETHICS, POLITICS, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE, LEADERSHIP, POLITICAL ECONOMY
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Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20120109
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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This is the first practical guide for every citizen on the problem of corporate personhood and the tools we have to overturn it. Jeff Clements explains why the Citizen's United case is the final win in a campaign for corporate domination of the state that began in the 1970s under Richard Nixon. More than this, Clements shows how unfettered corporate rights will impact public health, energy policy, the environment, and the justice system. Where Thom Hartmann's Unequal Protection provides a much-needed detailed legal history of corporate personhood, Corporations Are Not People answers the reader's question: "What does Citizens United mean to me?" And, even more important, it provides a solution: a Constitutional amendment, included in the book, which would reverse Citizens United. The book's ultimate goal is to give every citizen the tools and talking points to overturn corporate personhood state by state, community by community with petitions, house party kits, draft letters, shareholder resolutions, and much more.

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