Synopses & Reviews
Enron. Tyco. Arthur Andersen. These companies have turned "corporate" into a four-letter word as headline after headline reveals shocking stories of executives stealing money from investors.
But money isn't all that corporations steal. In Corporateering, Jamie Court shows how corporations routinely and quietly rob us of our personal freedoms, including privacy, security, the right to legal recourse, and more. In fact, "corporateering"-the act of prioritizing commercial gain over individual, social, or cultural gain-is everywhere in our lives.
Court offers empowering strategies for counter-corporateering so we can reclaim our private lives, our right to health and safety, and other personal liberties.
"Court's arguments are compelling and debate worthy, but he doesn't offer much in the way of prescriptive solutions....His goal is to teach readers how to see corporateering's effects and speak its name aloud, and in that, he succeeds." Publishers Weekly
"Voice mail hell, credit card rate bait-and-switches, television commercials playing at the urinal. In this book Jamie Court shows how such everyday 'corporateering' springs from the same assumptions and strategies that led to the fire sales on stock at Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom, and so on. This book teaches you how to see the invisible hand of the corporation, and the finger is pointing at you." Michael Moore, from the foreword
Provides practical advice on steps individuals can take to initiate change in abusive corporate practices.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -313) and index.
Argues that corporations infringe upon personal freedoms as they prioritize commercial gain over individual, social, or cultural gain.
About the Author
Jamie Court is the executive director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, California, and the co-author of Making a Killing: HMOs and the Threat to Your Health. He has helped to pioneer patients' rights laws in states around the country.
Table of Contents
Meet the Invisible Hand -- Seeing Corporateering -- Removing Accountability to the Individual -- The Logic of Making Corporations Count More Than Individuals -- The Means of Control -- Capturing Justice, Education, and Community -- Workers of the World Incorporate -- Indebted to the Corporation -- Selling the Free Press and the Public Interest -- Global Corporateering -- Counter-Corporateering -- Countering Corporateering.