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Was the Boston Tea Party the first WTO-style protest against transnational corporations? Did Supreme Court sell out America's citizens in the nineteenth century, with consequences lasting to this day? Is there a way for American citizens to recover democracy of, by, and for the people?

Thom Hartmann takes on these most difficult questions and tells a startling story that will forever change your understanding of American history. He begins by uncovering an original eyewitness account of the Boston Tea Party and demonstrates that it was provoked not by "taxation without representation" as is commonly suggested but by the specific actions of the East India Company, which represented the commericial interests of the British elite.

Hartmann then describes the history of the Fourteenth Amendment — created at the end of the Civil War to grant basic rights to freed slaves — and how it has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as "artificial persons." but in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were "persons" and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, America has lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.

As a result, the largest transnational corporations fill a role today that has historically been filled by kings. They control most of the world's wealth and exert power over the lives of most of the world's citizens. Their CEOs are unapproachable and live lives of nearly unimaginable wealth and luxury. They've become the rudder that steers the ship of much human experience, and they're steering it by their prime value — growth and profit and any expense — a value that has become destructive for life on Earth. This new feudalism was not what our Founders — Federalists and Democratic Republicans alike — envisioned for America.

It's time for "we, the people" to take back our lives. Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that could truly save the world from political, economic, and ecological disaster.

Review:

"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies." Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce

Review:

"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical rersearch with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel. I intended to take a first quick glance and then couldn't put it down." David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

Review:

"Unequal Protection should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do not awaken soon, democracy will be replaced by a new 'Third Reich' of corporate tyranny. To be aware of the danger is the responsibility of each of us. No one has told us the truth better than Thom Hartmann. Read it!" Gerry Spence, author of Give Me Liberty

Synopsis:

Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

Was the Boston Tea Party the first WTO-style protest against transnational corporations? Did Supreme Court sell out America's citizens in the nineteenth century, with consequences lasting to this day? Is there a way for American citizens to recover democracy of, by, and for the people?

Thom Hartmann takes on these most difficult questions and tells a startling story that will forever change your understanding of American history. He begins by uncovering an original eyewitness account of the Boston Tea Party and demonstrates that it was provoked not by taxation without representation as is commonly suggested but by the specific actions of the East India Company, which represented the commericial interests of the British elite.

Hartmann then describes the history of the Fourteenth Amendment--created at the end of the Civil War to grant basic rights to freed slaves--and how it has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as artificial persons. but in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were persons and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, America has lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.

As a result, the largest transnational corporations fill a role today that has historically been filled by kings. They control most of the world's wealth and exert power over the lives of most of the world's citizens. Their CEOs are unapproachable and live lives of nearly unimaginable wealth and luxury. They've become the rudder that steers the ship of much human experience, and they're steering it by their prime value--growth and profit and any expense--a value that has become destructive for life on Earth. This new feudalism was not what our Founders--Federalists and Democratic Republicans alike--envisioned for America.

It's time for we, the people to take back our lives. Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that could truly save the world from political, economic, and ecological disaster.

Thom Hartmann is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, an international relief worker and psychotherapist, a former business and marketing consultant, and the founder and former CEO of seven corporations that have generated over a quarter-billion dollars in revenue. The father of three grown children, he lives in central Vermont with his wife, Louise.

Was the Boston Tea Party this country's first WTO-style protest against transnational corporate power? Did the Supreme Court sell out America's citizens in the 19th century, with a Reconstruction-era ruling whose distorted and manipulated consequences still exist today? Is there a way for our citizens to recover a democracy truly of, by, and for the people? Thom Hartmann takes on such questions in this equally savvy and startling new examination of American corporate history.

Hartmann begins by uncovering an original eyewitness account of the Boston Tea Party--and then demonstrates that the event was provoked not by taxation without representation, as is commonly suggested, but by the specific actions of the East India Company, which represented the commercial interests of the British elite.

He next describes the history of the Fourteenth Amendment--created at the end of the Civil War to grant basic rights to freed slaves--and how it has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as artificial persons. But in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were persons and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, America has lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.

As a result, the largest transnational corporations fill a role today that has historically been filled by kings. They control most of the world's wealth and exert power over the lives of most of the world's citizens. Their CEOs are unapproachable, untouchable, aloof by definition--they lead lives of nearly unimaginable wealth and luxury. Indeed, they have become the rudder that steers the ship of much human experience, and they're steering it according to aims or values--growth and profit at any expense--that are destructive for life on Earth. This new feudalism was not at all what our Founders--Federalists and Democratic Republicans alike--envisioned for America.

As this urgent study makes clear, it is time for we, the people to take back our lives. To this end, Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that could help save the world from greed-driven political, economic, and ecological disaster.

Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This book] is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies.--Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce

Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel. I intended to take a first quick glance and then couldn't put it down.--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

Unequal Protection should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do

Synopsis:

"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."--Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce

Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

Unequal taxes, unequal accountability for crime, unequal influence, unequal privacy, and unequal access to natural resources and our commons--these inequalitifes and more are the effects of corporations winning the rights of persons while simultaneously being given the legal protections to avoid the responsibilities that come with these rights. Hartmann tells the intriguing story of how it got this way--from the colonists' rebellion against the commercial interests of the British elite tot he distorted application of the Fourteenth Amendment--and how to get back to a government of, by, and for the people.

From Unequal Protection:

" . . . over the past two centuries, those playing the corporate game at the very highest levels seem to have won a victory for themselves--a victory that is turning bitter in the mouths of many of the six billion humans on planet Earth. It's even turning bitter in unexpected ways for thos who won it, as they find their own lives and families touched by an increasingly toxic environment, fragile and top-heavy economy, and hollow culture--all traceable back to the frenetic systems of big business that resulted from the doctrine that corporations are persons."

"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical rersearch with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel. I intended to take a first quick glance and then couldn't put it down."--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

"Unequal Protection should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do not awaken soon, democracy will be replaced by a new 'Third Reich' of corporate tyranny. To be aware of the danger is the responsibility of each of us. No one has told us the truth better than Thom Hartmann. Read it!"--Gerry Spence, author of Give Me Liberty

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, an international relief worker and psychotherapist, a former business and marketing consultant, and the founder and former CEO of seven corporations that have generated over a quarter-billion dollars in revenue. The father of three grown children, he lives in central Vermont with his wife, Louise.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781579549558
Subtitle:
The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights
Author:
Hartmann, Thom
Author:
<br><br><b>Thom Hartmann</b> is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, an international
Author:
Hartmann, Thom
Author:
<br><br><b>Thom Hartmann</b> is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, an international
Author:
<br><br><b>Thom Hartmann</b> is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, an international relief worker and psychotherapist, a former business and marketing consultant, and the founder and
Publisher:
Rodale Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Business Ethics
Subject:
Corporations
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Industrial policy -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Corporations -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20040424
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.82 x 6.02 x 1 in 1.08 lb

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"Review" by , "Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."
"Review" by , "Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical rersearch with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel. I intended to take a first quick glance and then couldn't put it down."
"Review" by , "Unequal Protection should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do not awaken soon, democracy will be replaced by a new 'Third Reich' of corporate tyranny. To be aware of the danger is the responsibility of each of us. No one has told us the truth better than Thom Hartmann. Read it!"
"Synopsis" by , Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

Was the Boston Tea Party the first WTO-style protest against transnational corporations? Did Supreme Court sell out America's citizens in the nineteenth century, with consequences lasting to this day? Is there a way for American citizens to recover democracy of, by, and for the people?

Thom Hartmann takes on these most difficult questions and tells a startling story that will forever change your understanding of American history. He begins by uncovering an original eyewitness account of the Boston Tea Party and demonstrates that it was provoked not by taxation without representation as is commonly suggested but by the specific actions of the East India Company, which represented the commericial interests of the British elite.

Hartmann then describes the history of the Fourteenth Amendment--created at the end of the Civil War to grant basic rights to freed slaves--and how it has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as artificial persons. but in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were persons and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, America has lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.

As a result, the largest transnational corporations fill a role today that has historically been filled by kings. They control most of the world's wealth and exert power over the lives of most of the world's citizens. Their CEOs are unapproachable and live lives of nearly unimaginable wealth and luxury. They've become the rudder that steers the ship of much human experience, and they're steering it by their prime value--growth and profit and any expense--a value that has become destructive for life on Earth. This new feudalism was not what our Founders--Federalists and Democratic Republicans alike--envisioned for America.

It's time for we, the people to take back our lives. Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that could truly save the world from political, economic, and ecological disaster.

Thom Hartmann is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, an international relief worker and psychotherapist, a former business and marketing consultant, and the founder and former CEO of seven corporations that have generated over a quarter-billion dollars in revenue. The father of three grown children, he lives in central Vermont with his wife, Louise.

Was the Boston Tea Party this country's first WTO-style protest against transnational corporate power? Did the Supreme Court sell out America's citizens in the 19th century, with a Reconstruction-era ruling whose distorted and manipulated consequences still exist today? Is there a way for our citizens to recover a democracy truly of, by, and for the people? Thom Hartmann takes on such questions in this equally savvy and startling new examination of American corporate history.

Hartmann begins by uncovering an original eyewitness account of the Boston Tea Party--and then demonstrates that the event was provoked not by taxation without representation, as is commonly suggested, but by the specific actions of the East India Company, which represented the commercial interests of the British elite.

He next describes the history of the Fourteenth Amendment--created at the end of the Civil War to grant basic rights to freed slaves--and how it has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as artificial persons. But in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were persons and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, America has lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.

As a result, the largest transnational corporations fill a role today that has historically been filled by kings. They control most of the world's wealth and exert power over the lives of most of the world's citizens. Their CEOs are unapproachable, untouchable, aloof by definition--they lead lives of nearly unimaginable wealth and luxury. Indeed, they have become the rudder that steers the ship of much human experience, and they're steering it according to aims or values--growth and profit at any expense--that are destructive for life on Earth. This new feudalism was not at all what our Founders--Federalists and Democratic Republicans alike--envisioned for America.

As this urgent study makes clear, it is time for we, the people to take back our lives. To this end, Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that could help save the world from greed-driven political, economic, and ecological disaster.

Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This book] is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies.--Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce

Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel. I intended to take a first quick glance and then couldn't put it down.--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

Unequal Protection should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do

"Synopsis" by ,
"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."--Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce

Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

Unequal taxes, unequal accountability for crime, unequal influence, unequal privacy, and unequal access to natural resources and our commons--these inequalitifes and more are the effects of corporations winning the rights of persons while simultaneously being given the legal protections to avoid the responsibilities that come with these rights. Hartmann tells the intriguing story of how it got this way--from the colonists' rebellion against the commercial interests of the British elite tot he distorted application of the Fourteenth Amendment--and how to get back to a government of, by, and for the people.

From Unequal Protection:

" . . . over the past two centuries, those playing the corporate game at the very highest levels seem to have won a victory for themselves--a victory that is turning bitter in the mouths of many of the six billion humans on planet Earth. It's even turning bitter in unexpected ways for thos who won it, as they find their own lives and families touched by an increasingly toxic environment, fragile and top-heavy economy, and hollow culture--all traceable back to the frenetic systems of big business that resulted from the doctrine that corporations are persons."

"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical rersearch with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel. I intended to take a first quick glance and then couldn't put it down."--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

"Unequal Protection should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do not awaken soon, democracy will be replaced by a new 'Third Reich' of corporate tyranny. To be aware of the danger is the responsibility of each of us. No one has told us the truth better than Thom Hartmann. Read it!"--Gerry Spence, author of Give Me Liberty

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