Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became ""People"" -- and How You Can Fight Back

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jun 14, 2010 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED Unequal taxes, unequal accountability for crime, unequal influence, unequal control of the media, unequal access to natural resources—corporations have gained these privileges and more by exploiting their legal status as persons. How did something so illogical and unjust become the law of the land? Americans have been struggling with the role of corporations since before the birth of the republic. As Thom Hartmann shows, the Boston Tea Party was actually a protest against the British East India Company—the first modern corporation. Unequal Protection tells the astonishing story of how, after decades of sensible limits on corporate power, an offhand, off-the-record comment by a Supreme Court justice led to the Fourteenth Amendment—originally passed to grant basic rights to freed slaves—becoming the justification for granting corporations the same rights as human beings. And Hartmann proposes specific legal remedies that will finally put an end to the bizarre farce of corporate personhood. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and features Hartmann’s analysis of two recent Supreme Court cases, including Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which tossed out corporate campaign finance limits.
  

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

User Review  - Werner - Goodreads

Thom Hartmann is a liberal (he prefers to avoid the l-word, with "progressive") talk-radio host and writer of popular-level books on current issues. (To his credit, he's also quite active, along with ... Read full review

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

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Introduction Cane Toad …..HISTORY! ……..DRAMA! ……..….RELEVANCE! What more could you possibly ask of nonfiction? This book knocked my socks off. In fact, as I was reading, I was thinking: "This is ... Read full review

Contents

The Deciding Moment?
14
The Corporate Conquest of America
49
From the Birth of American Democracy through the Birth of Corporate Personhood
55
Banding Together for the Common Good
56
The Boston Tea Party Revealed
63
Jefferson versus the Corporate Aristocracy
84
The Early Role of Corporations in America
94
The Peoples Masters
116
Unequal Privacy
222
Unequal Citizenship and Access to the Commons
225
Unequal Wealth
237
Unequal Trade
249
Unequal Media
260
Unequal Influence
278
Restoring Personhood to People
285
Capitalists and Americans Speak Out for Community
286

Corporations Go Global
130
The Court Takes the Presidency
152
Protecting Corporate Liars
162
Corporate Control of Politics
170
Unequal Consequences
187
Unequal Uses for the Bill of Rights
188
Unequal Regulation
193
Unequal Protection from Risk
198
Unequal Taxes
206
Unequal Responsibility for Crime
217
End Corporate Personhood
290
A New Entrepreneurial Boom
297
A Democratic Marketplace
309
Restoring Government of by and for the People
315
Acknowledgments
331
Notes
334
Art Credits
353
Index
354
About the Author
374
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Thom Hartmann is the nation’s leading progressive talk radio host, heard on over a hundred stations, as well as on XM and Sirius radio, and seen on live nationwide television via the Free Speech TV network. He is the bestselling author of eighteen books, including Threshold, Screwed, and Cracking the Code.

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