Corporations Prepare to Gorge on Tax Cuts

Now that Donald Trump’s election means a corporate tax holiday might really happen, corporate executives are telling Wall Street analysts what they’ll actually use that money for: enriching their shareholders and buying other companies. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) What would companies do with all that money? Here you have it. By Jon Schwarz / 01.05.2017 The official[…]

This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed

Debbie Bearden, coordinator at the Allen County Farm Bureau Association, sits in southeast Kansas’ Mildred Store behind the deli’s original butcher block. The store, which was a well-loved fixture famous for its sandwiches, had closed when the original owner passed away. The Allen County GROW Food and Farm Council helped the new owners reopen in[…]

Jesus Christ, Businessman: From John Humphrey Noyes to Donald Trump

“I bless this business deal.” Secular Right By Dr. Ellen Wayland-Smith / 12.14.2016 Assistant Professor of Writing Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California A long tradition of Christian thought encourages believers to forgo worldly pursuits – like making money – and instead focus on the spiritual prize of salvation. “Lay[…]

Senate Republicans Block Sanders-Backed ‘Trump Proposal’ on Rx Drugs

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks on the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday. (Screenshot) ‘It is incomprehensible to me that we have a major bill dealing with prescription drugs and yet we are running from the most important issue and that is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry’ By Deirdre Fulton / 12.07.2016 Senate Republicans on[…]

Cornering Trump on Jobs, Sanders Announces Anti-Outsourcing Bill

Sanders’ legislation, the Outsourcing Prevention Act, would prevent companies sending jobs overseas from receiving federal contracts, tax breaks, or other financial assistance. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) ‘We need to send a very loud and very clear message to corporate America: the era of outsourcing is over’ By Nadia Prupis / 11.28.2016 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has[…]

What is the Secret to Success?

Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone. Gettysburg College   By Dr. Melissa J. Ferguson and Dr. Clayton R. Critcher / 10.26.2016 Ferguson – Professor of Psychology, Cornell University Critcher – Associate Professor of Marketing, Cognitive Science & Psychology, University of California, Berkeley At hundreds of colleges and universities across the country, thousands of[…]

Empire of Things

Illustration by Paige Clark By Jeremy Runnalls / 09.22.2016 Denunciations of modern consumer culture have become a staple of the modern environmental movement, the product of an insatiable and corrupting need for more that is driving the planet beyond its limits. On the other side lies the neoliberal view that individual choice is an inherent[…]

We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

By David Korten / 10.19.2016 In this most bizarre of presidential elections, no one is talking about one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issues of our time. Namely, the global power imbalance between corporations and governments. Not Donald Trump, as he obsesses over the weight of a long-past Miss Universe. Not Hillary Clinton, despite her[…]

Who Owns Your Tattoo? Maybe Not You.

Think twice before copying Tyson’s tattoo. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters By Dr. Shontavia Johnson / 08.07.2016 Professor of Intellectual Property Law Drake University More than 20 percent of all Americans have at least one tattoo, and for millennials that number jumps to almost 40 percent. What could be more intimately a part of you than a work[…]

The Twilight of the Mom and Pop Motel

The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom. / Library of Congress By Dr. Andrew Wood / 09.14.2016 Professor of Communication Studies San José State University In 1939, when John Steinbeck imagined Highway 66 as “the road of flight,” he evoked the crushing realities of[…]

Tiny House Boom

Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon provides tiny houses and community. / Erik Kingston How to bring a native housing form back from extinction By Erik Kingston / 05.12.2016 In her best-selling book Biomimicry, Janine M. Benyus describes the human quest to learn from nature. We want to employ the qualities of spider silk, gecko feet[…]

Corporate Offshore Tax Avoidance Targeted

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed Irish flag in this illustration taken September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo By Jason Lange / 09.15.2016 Reuters / Washington The Obama administration on Thursday took action to limit the use of foreign tax credits by American multinational companies to reduce their U.S.[…]

Hunger as an Instrument of Social Control

By Dr. Christine Baumgarthuber Austerity Kitchen Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. –Confucius This month will see more than half a million adults lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Lower jobless numbers have prompted the federal government to discontinue waivers that states[…]

Bookings at Trump Hotels Plummet

05/31/2016 Donald Trump has garnered a lot of attention as a Republican presidential candidate. But how has this attention impacted his business interests? Are sales up or down? The Trump brand is associated with a variety of hotels, apartments, and products. On one hand, a growing number of political supporters could boost sales of Trump[…]

Drought be Dammed

Water trickles out of the Glen Canyon Dam into Glen Canyon in a scene from “Damnation”, a documentary film directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rommel. / Ben Knight, Patagonia Killing to Colorado – the truth behind the water crisis in the West. The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness[…]

Inequality – Any Hope for Change?

By Dr. Robert A. Levine, M.D. In January 2016, Oxfam reported a major increase in global inequality, with just sixty-two people owning as much wealth as 3.5 billion people in the lower half of the world’s income scale. Inequality is inherent in capitalism, where those who are smarter or were born into the right family[…]

How Milwaukee Landlords Figured Out How to Collect Rent and Not Pay Taxes

Wikimedia Commons By David Epstein / 05.09.2016 In response to the nation’s devastating financial crisis, Milwaukee put in place policies to help people stay in their homes; for example, giving residents three years to pay property taxes before foreclosing. But in “Landlord Games,” reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed how, eight years later, unscrupulous[…]