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Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state. Gore Vidal, The State of the Union, 1978
The Hall of Shame Zero Hours contracts: Boots, McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Burger King, Sports Direct, J D Wetherspoon, Turning Point, Cine World … and the corporations don’t give a stuff. Ian Crane, lecture Alternative View Conference 9.1, ‘Democracy in Chains’
Thousands of subsidies and tax-breaks going to corporations each year. These [corporate] subsidies are costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year. Robert Reich, Saving Capitalism, 2017
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
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
They [companies/corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicate, for they have no souls. Edward Coke, The Reports of Sir Edward Coke, 1658
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. Thomas Jefferson
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’. Aravind Adiga
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. Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e3, Channel 4 2002
‘We were sent silicon breast implants.’ ibid. Malawi health service
Why aren’t there more company directors in jail? … Piper Alpha … Not one company director has been sent to jail for any of those … The Jerry Archer Wing: we’ll open one up, start shovelling 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. ibid.
300 people killed at work each year … This is a class issue. ibid.
They were going to introduce this corporate killing. ibid.
An advert in the CBI: ‘Wanted: Mug’. ibid.
Over 100 of them are occurring on building sites, construction industry, these fatalities, and part of this is down to casualisation. ibid.
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, Channel 4 2007
One of Coca-Cola’s trips to the dark side begins with supporting the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Nazi Olympics … advertising itself beside the Nazi regime. ibid.
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.
In 2000 … Coca-Cola agree to pay nearly two hundred million dollars to settle a federal [race discrimination] case brought by employees. ibid.
Coca-Cola strenuously denied the pesticide claims, and went on a PR battle. ibid.
January 2007: ‘The paramilitaries of Magdalena 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.
At least 189 major human rights violations and 9 murders including this man … shot inside the Coca-Cola plant. ibid.
Sugar is important as each 330 ml can of Coca-Cola contains eight teaspoons of it. ibid.
Let’s just see how many children we can find working in other plantations round here. ibid.
Skin rashes and the fish have died. ibid.
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 indebted 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, Youtube 1.08.01
The big problem that all of us face is globalisation and its fallout. This is where multinationals, primarily American ones, have got more power than any other entity on the planet. They’ve got the World Trade Organisation to back them up legally, the American army if it goes pear-shaped. The world’s resources are not the world’s resources, they are theirs. The idea of human rights is just anathema to them. And democracy is a joke because they are more powerful than the governments. ibid.
You don’t realise there is no world any more; it’s only corporations. 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]
Mitsubishi becomes the world’s largest corporation. Mankind: The Story of All of Us XI, History 2012
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. Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You