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Corporations

  • Commercial concerns have expanded from family business to corporate wealth which is self-perpetuating and which enlightened statesmen and economists now dread as the most potent oligarchy yet produced.

  • Humans must breathe, but corporations must make money.

    • Alice Embree,
    • "Media Images I: Madison Avenue Brainwashing -- the Facts," in Robin Morgan, ed., Sisterhood Is Powerful ()
  • ... mining destroys and devastates; turning the earth inside out, making it hideous, and blighting every green thing, as it usually blights man's heart and soul.

  • The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in profits. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. And Wall Street CEOs — the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs — still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them.

  • Some of the largest financial institutions can build a profit model on tricking people.

  • Corporate crime kills far more people and costs taxpayers far more money than street crime.

  • With fewer and fewer corporations controlling more and more of the world's trade, there is an ever greater need to know more about the practices of these large faceless organizations.

  • ... the world's latest tyrant. You can call it big business; you can call it the international cartels; you can call it a lot of things. But what it is is the group of men, relatively small, who have learned to manipulate and control what is known as the capitalistic system for their own ends. They're the smartest tyrants we've ever had because the system they control is so complex it's difficult even for an expert to understand it or to follow the moves in the game. And they've managed to remain largely anonymous, so that ordinary people don't even know their names. They're the true internationalists, using nationalism and patriotism quite cynically for their own ends.

  • We live in the richest country in the world. There's plenty and to spare for no man, woman, or child to be in want. And in addition to this our country was founded on what should have been a great, true principle — the freedom, equality, and rights of each individual. Huh! And what has come of that start? There are corporations worth billions of dollars — and hundreds of thousands of people who don't get to eat.

  • The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling — their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

  • Here was a corporation behaving like a monster though the individuals who owned its stock were human cultivated men. A corporation has no soul.

  • The mining industry might make wealth and power for a few men and women, but the many would always be smashed and battered beneath its giant treads ...

  • Corporate newspeak leads to corporate nothink.

  • The problem with addicted people, communities, corporations, or countries is that they tend to lie, cheat, or steal to get their 'fix.' Corporations are addicted to profit and governments to power ...

  • Wall Street owns this country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street.

    • Mary Lease,
    • speech (1891), in Judith Anderson, ed., Outspoken Women ()
  • It is said that democracy is not something we have, but something we do. But right now, we cannot do it because we cannot speak. We are shouted down by the bullhorns of big money. It is money with no manners for democracy, and it must be escorted from the room. While wealth has always influenced our politics, what is new is the increasing concentration of wealth and the widening divide between the political interests of the common people and the political interests of the very wealthy who are now able to buy our willing leaders wholesale. ... What villainy allows this political condition?The twin viral ideas that money is speech and that corporations are people. If money is speech, then those with more money have more speech, and that idea is antithetical to a democracy that cherishes political fairness. It makes us no longer equal citizens.

    • Doris Haddock,
    • with Dennis Burke, Granny D: Walking Across America in My 90th Year ()
  • Today's concerns about a lack of workers' loyalty to the corporation and a corresponding lack of corporations' loyalty to the work force are sending a clear message to the leaders of tomorrow. The pit bulls of the marketplace may find that their slash-and-crunch and hang-on-till-death philosophies are as dead as the spirits of their troops. In the end, as organizations reduce their work forces, will it be the leader of a dispirited, demoralized work force who leads the pack or will it be the new leader, guiding from vision, principle, and values, who builds trust and releases the energy and creativity of the work force?

    • Frances Hesselbein,
    • in Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and Richard Beckhard, eds., The Leader of the Future ()
  • The responsiveness of a firm to the consumer is directly proportionate to the distance on the organization chart from the consumer to the chairman of the board.

  • ... the life of the miner is the same wherever coal is dug and capital flies its black flag.

    • Mother Jones,
    • in Mary Field Parton, ed., The Autobiography of Mother Jones ()