- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Second edition (August 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626562105
- ISBN-13: 978-1626562103
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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“The new, updated edition of Corporations Are Not People is needed now more than ever. Americans are deeply troubled by the growing influence of corporations and big money in our political discourse and government. Read this book, and join the work to save our democracy.”
—Congressman Jim McGovern, lead sponsor of constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United
“More relevant than ever, this updated edition of Corporations Are Not People chronicles the remarkably vibrant, nationwide grassroots movement to ‘get money out and voters in.’”
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
“Jeff Clements, in this remarkably clear-eyed historical and contemporary analysis of stifling corporate supremacy, shows how ‘we the people’ can make ‘a more perfect union’ by subordinating giant corporate entities to the constitutional sovereignty of the people.”
This vital update of the first accessible book on the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling―in which the court decided that corporations, as virtual persons, have the same free speech rights as you or I―adds shocking information on the most recent consequences of the ruling, as well as detailing widespread efforts to fight back.
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The author dissects the problem, provides the history, and solutions to the problem.
The problem goes beyond money in politics or the wholesale purchase of politicians to the highest bidder, Mr. Clements explains that better than any author in my opinion.
Any good book on this subject will write about Lewis Powell's activist crusade for corporations before and during his tenure on the Supreme Court. He hits that mark.
The author gives a clear definition of what a corporation is.
He also shows the corporate lobby-political revolving door and how certain individuals have enriched themselves for legislation they have successfully fought for.
He does an excellent examination of Citigroup and it's part in the financial crisis.
On campaign financing post-Citizen United he aptly states on page 163- "Those who pay for campaigns and elections are those who get the representation."
For a comprehensive book on this subject you can't do better than this book! The best part is that the book has realistic solutions and some resources that I found very educational. There are a slew of organizations and websites out there and he lists them.
My only s disagreement with Clements is my skepticism of his proposed constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Electing politicians who will appoint judges that will overturn it is a more practical and realistic approach. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this book.
Originator of, and National Action Coordinator for, MOVE TO AMEND'S
successful 150-city OCCUPY THE COURTS 2012 mass action