Government Capture

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

An ugly sign of the times...

The persistent efforts urging the SEC to regulate proxy advisory businesses is an ugly sign of the times... it's advice that is the purchaser is under no obligation to follow and yet there is determined efforts to undermine the industry.  June 15, 2012.  see also this post at … June 20, 2012 | proxy , Corporate Power , Government Capture , SEC
Thursday, January 26, 2012

PACs are destructive

PACs are a destructive element and we must have public financing of elections.  January 26, 2012 | Campaign Finance , Government Capture , PACs
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Citizens DisUnited

The kind folks at Free Speech for People interviewed me for a short video about my book, Citizens DisUnited which came just a year ago. Much of our work overlaps and I'm frequently in contact with FSFP - in particular, they are working on a constitutional amendment to address… February 11, 2014 | Citizens United , Corporate Power , CEO Pay , Government Capture
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Obamacare -- the question we really should be asking

I remember how difficult it was to pass Medicare back in the sixties (see also). Now many consider this a basic government service meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of citizens. The fact that Obama got any kind of healthcare billed passed when Lyndon Johnson couldn’t, Jack Kennedy… November 21, 2013 | Corporate Power , Government Capture
Friday, October 4, 2013

Government Shutdown as Protest

Does the government shutdown, as a form of protest, resemble Occupy Wall Street? The current state of government dominated by business has caused protest on both ends of the political spectrum in the U.S. – and cries out for public recognition that something is very, very wrong.   In chapter… October 4, 2013 | Corporate Power , Occupy Wall Street , Government Capture , Military Industrial Complex , Wall Street
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not Fade Away: We Must Revive Fiduciary Duty

A few years ago we recorded this post about fiduciary duty.  I still had the misguided hope that President Obama would address corporate capture, conflict of interest and fiduciary duty.  While it's clear that these issues are not on his agenda, they are still very much essential for corporate… September 24, 2013 | fiduciary duty , Government Capture , Capture
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Endorsing Eliot Spitzer

I am endorsing Eliot Spitzer for Comptroller of the City of New York. The prospect of Spitzer back in government service is really exciting. Through his leadership of the several city employee pension funds, the Comptroller can be – in the tradition of Harrison Goldin, among others – one… July 9, 2013 | Corporate Power , Government Capture
Friday, June 14, 2013

The Political is Commercial: Washington's Revolving Door

The political is commercial -- it's a play on the seventies slogan, "the personal is political."  But it's true and it came to mind recently as I read Eleanor Bloxham's article about SEC Chair Mary Jo White and Washington's "revolving door." To put it simply: government jobs are worth… June 14, 2013 | SEC , Corporate Power , Government Capture
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Confronting Power

The only way I know to combat corporate power as it now stands is for government to exercise its powers as owners of a preponderance of publicly traded stock. Self-regulation didn't work and any attempts at government regulation are thwarted or circumnavigated. You can't control a corporation from outside… April 5, 2012 | fiduciary duty , CEO power , Capture , Corporate Power , Government Capture , Money in Politics , ownership
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