On the Rampage: Corporate Predators and the Destruction of Democracy

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by Robert Weissman and Russell Mokhiber

Type: Book [title]
Published December, 2004
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Rampant corporate crime. Pollution. Cancer. Sweatshops. Dangerous working conditions. Wealth disparities. Corrupted politics. In a compilation of compelling snapshots from two of the leading reporters on business power, On the Rampage documents the price we pay for living in a corporate-dominated society -- and provides energizing accounts of individuals and movements resisting, and triumphing over, concentrated corporate power.

In their follow-up to Corporate Predators, Mokhiber and Weissman deride a criminal justice system that sentences a man to 16 years for stealing a Snickers Bar -- while letting the perpetrators of one of the largest antitrust conspiracies in histories off with a few months behind bars.

They decry corporate welfare recipients for stealing money from kids -- extorting tax breaks from cities and states that come at the expense of schools.

They shed light on the brutality of corporate globalization, showing how the privatization and marketization of everything from healthcare to drinking water is depriving people around the globe of access to life's essentials.

They denounce the spread of the corporate culture into every nook and cranny of our lives -- junk food pushers in the schools, tort deformers educating judges, oil companies cleaning up public museums, big companies of all stripes taking over public interest groups -- and show how the corporate culture is degrading our politics, values and community life.

They analyze the corporate beast: its unique legal immunities and privileges, its unnatural assets (for example, perpetual life, inability to be jailed), the underpinnings of its power, and its vulnerabilities.

And they offer inspirational accounts of resistance to and triumph over concentrated corporate power.