Saturday, May 20, 2017

"There Are No Nations, Only Corporations"

Back in 2010, with the Citizens United decision, we thought we were witnessing a new dominance of corporations and corporate power. But in fact even before Citizens United, there were powerful corporate currents in the body politics.

Forty years ago you might remember Ned Beatty’s brilliant speech to Peter Finch/Howard Beale, about corporate power, in Paddy Chayefsky's brilliant NETWORK.

Today, add to this, the way that this unlimited corporate money is being used in statehouses, globalization, technology, AI, and the power of lobbying, and it’s a pretty powerful stew.

Gordon Lafer takes us inside this world in The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

My conversation with Gordon Lafer: