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Surpassing even the state and the church, the corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Although its impact is felt in virtually every aspect of our lives, we know little about its history and the origins of its power. Gangs of America fills the gap, tracing the evolution of this revolutionary institution through the behind-the-scenes figures who shaped it: Thomas Scott, an obscure genius who invented the holding company; Stephen Field, the Supreme Court Judge who developed corporate personhood rights; and others. Based on the latest research by academic historians,…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Surpassing even the state and the church, the corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Although its impact is felt in virtually every aspect of our lives, we know little about its history and the origins of its power. Gangs of America fills the gap, tracing the evolution of this revolutionary institution through the behind-the-scenes figures who shaped it: Thomas Scott, an obscure genius who invented the holding company; Stephen Field, the Supreme Court Judge who developed corporate personhood rights; and others. Based on the latest research by academic historians, sociologists, political scientists, and legal scholars, this book is a unique synthesis including both compelling narrative and invaluable reference.
The corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Designed to seek profit and power, it has pursued both with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of law and even challenging the sovereign status of the state. After selling his successful computer book publishing business to a large corporation, Ted Nace felt increasingly driven to find answers to questions about where the corporation came from, how it got so much power, and where it is going. In Gangs of America he details the rise of corporate power in America through a series of fascinating stories, each organized around a different facet of the central question: "How did corporations get more rights than people?" Nace traces the events and people that have shaped the modern corporation to give us a fascinating look into the rise of corporate power.
Autorenporträt
Ted Nace is an author, entrepreneur, and activist. He has embarked on a personal exploration into the historical origins of the American corporation, seeking to integrate his experiences as both activist and businessman. This book is the result of that exploration.
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction
One How Did Corporations Get So Much Power?
Two From Street Fights to Empire
Three The Ultimate Reality Show
Four Why the Colonists Feared Corporations . . .
Five . . . And What They Did About It
Six The Genius
Seven Superpowers
Eight The Judge
Nine The Court Reporter
Ten The Lavender-Vested Turkey Gobbler
Eleven Survival of the Fittest
Twelve The Revolt of the Bosses
Thirteen Speech = Money
Fourteen Judicial Yoga
Fifteen Crime Wave
Sixteen Global Rule
Seventeen Fighting Back
Eighteen Intelligent, Amoral, Evolving
Nineteen So What's the Alternative?
Appendix A Supreme Court Decisions
Appendix B The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment
Notes
Reference
Index
About the Author
Rezensionen
"An important and highly accessible book about the legal and political environments that shaped the modern corporation. Highly recommended." -Choice "A joy to read . . . clear, straight-forward, and very accessible . . . one of those books that can awaken people's consciousness." -Corporate Reform Weekly "Entertaining and sometimes arresting . . . the book is a lively read, and Nace is an interesting companion." -New Leader "Gangs of America is a brilliant page-turner revealing how powerful, greedy corporations wage institutional terrorism. Reading it is the first step to saving our communities, our democracy, and our planet's environment." -John Stauber, coauthor of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You! "A beautifully documented and readable history." -Ben H. Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly "The essential guide to the history of the American corporation. Nace explodes the myth of inevitability surrounding the corporate takeover of our lives." -Maria Elena Martinez, executive director, CorpWatch