SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
Have Corporations Captured Social Science Research through Donations?
by Nina Strohminger Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
From decisionmaking to climate change, a focus on individual choices has flourished in social scientific research at the expense of sytemic change. Is corporate enthusiasm for funding this research any coincidence?
The Specter of Woke Corporate Communism Haunts the Republican Mind
by Steve Fraser
How do you run a politically useful Cold War without any actual Communism? Just declare that the organs of global capitalism are, in fact, red—borrowing some anti-Semitic tropes along the way.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Review: New Book Worships the False Idol of the Responsible Corporation
The idea of corporate social responsibility is an artifact of the domination of society by big business, a domination so powerful as to make alternatives exceedingly difficult to imagine. A new book internalizes that difficulty.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Spin Doctors Have Shaped the Environmental Debate for Decades
by Melissa Aronczyk
E. Bruce Harrison shifted American business's response to the environmental movement from a posture of denial and refusal to one of strategic compromise that elevated industry's scientists to an authoritative position which has kept a brake on green reforms and regulation.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The End of the Businessman President
by Kyle Edward Williams
Will Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic mark the end of the pernicious myths that the popular good is served by running government like a business, or that business executives have a talent for governing?
SOURCE: New York Times
As Amazon Rises, So Does the Opposition
Ms. Mitchell is 47, a historian by training. But her real role is the strategist of the demise of Amazon as we know it.
Jack Welch Was a Bitter Foe of American Workers
by Erik Loomis
Most national obituaries left out or downplayed Jack Welch’s greatest impact in shaping the unequal and unfair America of today: unionbusting.
SOURCE: Washington Post
A proposed EPA rule prioritizes industry profit over people’s lives
by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Limiting access to peer-reviewed science undermines the agency’s effectiveness.
Citibank: Exploiting the Past, Condemning the Future
by Alan Singer
To celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011, Citibank published a book celebrating its history. Despite the book's heft, glossy photographs, and celebratory tone, Citibank and its forbearers definitely did not strive to make the world a better place.
SOURCE: NY Times
The Original Evil Corporation
by William Dalrymple
The East India Company, a trading firm with its own army, was masterful at manipulating governments for its own profit. It’s the prototype for today’s multinationals.
Lessons from Studying Corporate History and the Case of IBM
by James W. Cortada
And what it can teach us about the longevity of corporations.
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Means for America
Corporations, it turns out, really are people. And that could be very bad news for the rest of us.
SOURCE: Economic Times
Mark Pendergrast publishes secret Coke formula
Safely guarded in an air-conditioned vault in Atlanta, Georgia, lies one of western society's most valuable artefacts. So valuable, that its owner could lose millions if anyone so much as got a look at it. That's what Coca-Cola would have us believe anyway , claiming the only original copy of the soft drink's top-secret recipe lies underneath its US headquarters. But one man is threatening to lift this veil of secrecy this week as he claims to publish a copy of the original formula in a new book. Historian Mark Pendergrast says the recipe was handed down through the family of Frank Robinson, the commercial partner of chemist John Pemberton, who first produced the drink in the summer of 1886.In the third edition of his book, For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It', Pendergrast reproduces what he claims to be the same recipe that Pemberton devised over 125 years ago. Among the ingredients in the book are sugar, lime juice, nutmeg and coriander.
SOURCE: The Nation
Jon Wiener: Lincoln's Birthday Special: Management Advice from Honest Abe
Jon Wiener teaches US history at UC Irvine.Thanks to Steven Spielberg and his film Lincoln, we’ve been hit by a new wave of management wisdom supposedly gleaned from the film’s central character. Business Week ran a piece titled “Career Lessons from Spielberg’s Lincoln”; the New York Times called theirs “Lincoln’s School of Management.” Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book on Lincoln and his cabinet, Team of Rivals, famously provided the basis for some of the movie, has been back on the “leadership advice” circuit.......[But] there are some key moments in Lincoln’s life that the management advice people have neglected. One came in his Second Inaugural, when he declared that, if the Civil War continued “until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword”—if that happened, he said, he would conclude that "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
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