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117,031. Thousands of subsidies and tax-breaks going to corporations each year. These [corporate] subsidies are costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year. (Capitalism & Corporation) Robert Reich, Saving Capitalism, 2017
109,248. American courts routinely hand down harsh sentences to individual convicts, but a very different standard of justice applies to corporations. Brandon L Garrett, Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, author’s summary
109,249. Some companies are not just ‘too big to fail’ but also ‘too big to jail’: they are considered to be so valuable to the economy that prosecutors may not hold them accountable for their crimes. ibid. Harvard 2014 manuscript
78,616. They [corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicate, for they have no souls. (Law & Business & Corporation) Edward Coke, The Reports of Sir Edward Coke 1658
63,681. I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. (Aristocracy & Corporation) Thomas Jefferson
2,587. Nothing gives us greater pride than the importance of India’s scientific and engineering colleges, or the army of Indian scientists at organizations such as Microsoft and NASA. Our temples are not the god-encrusted shrines of Varanasi, but Western scientific institutions like Caltech and MIT, and magazines like ‘Nature’ and ‘Scientific American’. (Science & India & Magazines & Corporations) Aravind Adiga
99,527. Tonight’s show is all about how we are about to subsidize some of the richest corporations on the planet so that they could be able to dump their crap on some of the poorest most vulnerable people on the Earth and call it charity … Drug dumping: this is about dumping of useless drugs and pharmaceuticals in third world countries, usually in a crisis. (Crisis & Pharmaceutical & Corporation) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e3
99,528. ‘We were sent silicon breast implants.’ (Crisis & Pharmaceutical & Corporation) ibid. Malawi health service
99,540. Why aren’t there more company directors in jail? … Pipa Alpha … Not one company director has been sent to jail for any of those … The Jerry Archer Wing: we’ll open one up, start shoveling in the pinstripes … ‘Are you sure this is part of the Masonic ritual?’ … The law is completely inadequate … There have been five prosecutions for corporate manslaughter since that law came into play … You have got more chance of getting justice if you are a goat in Britain. (Company & Corporation & Justice & Law & Work & Class) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e3
99,541. 300 people killed at work each year … This is a class issue. (Company & Corporation & Justice & Law & Work & Class) ibid.
99,542. Tony Blair - hasn’t put a finger on him. (Company & Corporation & Justice & Law & Work & Class) ibid.
99,543. They were going to introduce this corporate killing. (Company & Corporation & Justice & Law & Work & Class) ibid.
99,544. An advert in the CBI: ‘Wanted: Mug’. (Company & Corporation & Justice & Law & Work & Class) ibid.
99,545. Over 100 of them are occuring on building sites, construction industry, these fatalities, and part of this is down to casualisation. (Company & Corporation & Justice & Law & Work & Class) ibid.
99,572. To investigate what the world’s biggest brand is up to up … Safety of workers, protests of pollution and depletion of water supplies, child labour, and controversial neuro-marketing. That company is Coca-Cola. Mark Thomas, Dispatches: Coco-Cola
99,573. One of Coca-Cola’s trips to the dark side begins with supporting the 1936 Berlinn Olympics, the Nazi Olympics … advertising itself beside the Nazi regime. ibid.
99,574. The heart of the Civil Rights movement: a movement Coca-Cola has a troubled history with … Martin Luther King called for a boycott of Coca-Cola. ibid.
99,575. In 2000 … Coca-Cola agree to pay nearly two hundred million dollars to settle a federal [race discrimination] case brought by employees. ibid.
99,576. Coca-Cola strenuously denied the pesticide claims, and went on a PR battle. ibid.
99,577. January 2007: ‘The paramilitaries of Magdelena Medio call on the terrorist Coca-Cola trade unionists to stop bad-mouthing the Coca-Cola corporation, given that they have cost enough damage already … military targets of the Black Eagles’. ibid.
99,578. At least 189 major human rights violations and nine murders including this man … shot inside the Coca-Cola plant. ibid.
99,579. Sugar is important as each 330 ml can of Coca-Cola contains eight teaspoons of it. ibid.
99,580. Let’s just see how many children we can find working in other plantations round here. ibid.
99,581. Skin rashes and the fish have died. ibid.
99,582. 34.5m of caffeine, diet colas even more. ibid.
123,410. Coca-Coal in India opened up a bottling plant in the south in Kerela. They dug boreholes into the aquifer, took the water from the ground and the place went dry. Hundreds of farmers lose their crops, they’ve got no money, they become endebted to the banks. Thousands of croppers have got no work. People are walking seven kilometres just to get fresh water but Coca-Cola is coming out of the factory. Mark Thomas, live on stage, Youtube 1.08.01
4,159. You don’t realise there is no world any more; it’s only corporations. (World & Corporation) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 starring Mike Myers & Elizabeth Hurley & Michael York & Robert Wagner & Seth Green et al, director Jay Roach, Number Two to Dr Evil and Austin Powers [cf. Network 1976]
4,417. Mitsubishi becomes the world's largest corporation. (Humanity & Japan & Corporation) Mankind: The Story of All of Us XI
5,028. I don't think I could ever work in such a blatantly hierarchical corporate setting. I know that everyone in this world is not equal, but I can't bear environments that make this truth so obvious. (Equality & Work & Corporation) Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
5,093. Without unions workers will lose many of the protections against abusive employers. Wages for all will be depressed, even as corporate profits soar. The American Dream will be destroyed for millions. And we will have a government of the corporations, by the already powerful, for the wealthy. (Trade Union & Work & Corporation & Labor) Kenneth Bernstein 2011
5,097. The only effective answer to corporate greed is organised labor. (Trade Union & Labor & Corporation) Thomas Donahue
75,223. The franchise operator in Guatemala in the 70s was John C Trotter, a Texan who believed that godless communism had infiltrated everywhere except the Coca-Cola Company. Guatemala has one of the worst records on human rights. Death squads murder with impunity while four out of five children suffer with malnutrition. Trotter paid his Coca-Cola workers less that two dollars a day. And when they began to unionise, three union officials were murdered and two union lawyers were kidnapped. (Guatemala & Trade Unions & Corporation & Corruption) John Pilger, Burp! Coke versus Pepsi
42,399. No religions, conquerors or empires have spread themselves so completely across the planet as these two superpowers with their rallying slogans of, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Thirst, and We are the Essence of Capitalism, and We Must Save the World; I refer to the bitter-sweet war between those giants of carbonation and regurgitation Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. (Capitalism & Corporations) ibid.
49,838. The major western democracies are moving towards corporatism. Democracy has become a business plan, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies – socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor – and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war. This is not democracy. It is to politics what McDonalds is to food. (Democracy & Politics & Corporatism) John Pilger
63,551. The revolt in the Arab world is against not merely a resident dictator, but a worldwide economic tyranny, designed by the US Treasury and imposed by the US Agency for International Development, the IMF and the World Bank, which have ensured that rich countries such as Egypt are reduced to vast sweatshops, with 40 per cent of the population earning less than $2 a day. The people’s triumph in Cairo was the first blow against what Benito Mussolini called corporatism, a word that appears in his definition of fascism. (Arab & Corporation) John Pilger
42,542. Since 1980 eight Coca-Cola union factory workers have been murdered by paramilitaries in Colombia. Surviving members of the union SINALTRAINAL claim that Coca-Cola bottlers collaborated with the paramilitaries. Since the murders colleges and other schools around the world have kicked Coca-Cola off their campuses. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) The Cost of a Coke Revisited
42,543. Former union leaders now live in hiding. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) ibid.
42,544. The same night the union office was set on fire, and its leadership ordered to meet a paramilitary commander. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) ibid.
42,545. Killer Cola. The Drink That Represses. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) ibid.
42,546. Coca-Cola hired, contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary forces to murder, torture, illegally detain or otherwise silence trade union leaders. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) ibid.
42,547. Coca-Cola has come under intense scrutiny in India too. They were forced to shut down a plant in India after they had been found guilty of depleting and contaminating the water supply. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) ibid.
42,548. Even in Turkey they have denied workers their rights to unionise. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Turkey) ibid.
42,549. The cost of human life has now been calculated into the profits of the Coca-Cola company. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia) ibid.
5,164. All the mega-corporations on the planet make their obscene profits off the labor and suffering of others, with complete disregard for the effects on the workers, environment, and future generations. As with the banking sector, they play games with the lives of millions, hysterically reject any kind of government intervention when the profits are rolling in, but are quick to pass the bill for the cleanup and the far-reaching consequences of these avoidable tragedies to the public when things go wrong. We have a straightforward proposal: if they want public money, we want public control. It's that simple. (Labour & Corporation & Profit & Banksters) Michael Hureaux-Perez