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Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Happy holidays to you all.  This lovely view of our pond in late fall is our Christmas card for this year. I want to send out seasons greetings to you all and a big thank you for reading, commenting and contacting me this past year.  It looks like we'll… December 23, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011

Directors & Boards - Happy Anniversary

I am honored to be a part of the 35th anniversary edition of Directors & Boards  and especially pleased with this profile....Congratulations D&B and here's to 35 more years of great work!      Separating the Top Jobs is a must From “The Great Divide: To Separate the Chairman… December 19, 2011 | independent directors , independent chairman , Tyco , boards of directors
Thursday, December 15, 2011

True Cost of Military Equipment Spending

On the heels of my last post, Government Capture: Two Ways it Affects Us All, this terrific graphic arrived in our mailbox.  It details the cost of military supplies in contrast with how many families could live on that same amount of money.  If you believe, as I do,… December 15, 2011 | Iraq War , Capture , Corporate Power
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Government Capture – Two Ways it Affects Us All

In the past couple of decades our country has been deeply divided on a number of topics but two issues stand out in the arena of corporate power over government: Health Care Legislation & War with Iraq.   Did you wonder, during all of the finagling over the Health Care… December 7, 2011 | Capture , Corporate Power , corporate social responsibility
Friday, December 2, 2011

Judge Rakoff Rejects the SEC Deal with Citigroup

Truthdig named Judge Jed Rakoff "Truthdigger of the Week," and rightly so.  Judge Rakoff performed a public service in rejecting the SEC's deal with Citigroup this week.  These no-fault settlements are nothing but corporate power over government and regulation in its purest form.  We hear the same excuses all… December 2, 2011 | Capture , Corporate Power , SEC
Thursday, November 17, 2011

What is Government Capture?

As I have moved my attention to corporate power and government capture I was asked to explain what I mean by "capture."  Daniel Kaufmann has discussed been talking about it for some time and I encourage you to look at his blog.  Google searches will lead to all kinds… November 17, 2011 | CEO Pay , Capture , accountability , financial crisis
Thursday, November 17, 2011

National Debt and Government Capture

In this new video I address the U.S. national debt as a symptom of corporate power over government.  Everywhere I look these days there is evidence of government capture: lobbying, the revolving door in Washington, the dismantling of employee pension plans ...  As I said in my last post,… November 17, 2011 | Capture , accountability
Monday, October 31, 2011

Corporate Power & Government Capture

Failure of Corporate Governance has led to government capture For the past thirty years I have focused my energies on corporate governance and the legitimacy of corporate power.  And by legitimate, I mean that the people who exercise power for the corporations need to be accountable to somebody.  Over… October 31, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Capitalism - a broken system

In all of the noise about elections, OWS, flat tax, approval ratings, etc., one voice really stood out for me in the last few days. David Blood scrapped his prepared statement for a debate at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and addressed what I think is the root of… October 25, 2011 | capitalism , Occupy Wall Street , responsible ownership
Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Sends A Powerful Message

  I continue to be impressed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. They are a daily, hourly reminder of the dysfunctionality of our political and economic system, and of the power appropriated by a small group of people in this country. People say their message is unclear but I say their… October 21, 2011 | CEO Pay , Corporate Power , capitalism , accountability
Friday, October 21, 2011

Trustees Should Not Own Risky Stocks

"These are needlessly risky stocks and trustees should not own them."    Bob Monks talks about GMI's Risk Report. October 21, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011

Sarasin Responsible Investment Conference

I was spoke before the Sarasin Responsible Investment Seminar last week, along with several other interesting and distinguished speakers.  Fortunately, the wonders of mondern technology mean that I can do these things without getting on a plane so I was able to reach this group in London from here… October 14, 2011
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