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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
…the skills myth—like the myth of a looming debt crisis—is having dire effects on real-world policy. Instead of focusing on the way disastrously wrongheaded fiscal policy and inadequate action by the Federal Reserve have crippled the economy and demanding action, important people piously wring their hands about the failings of American workers. Moreover, by blaming workers for their own plight, the skills myth shifts attention away from the spectacle of soaring profits and bonuses even as employment and wages stagnate. Of course, that may be another reason corporate executives like the myth so much.
February 17th, 2014
thesmithian
Today the word [‘green’] describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions: buy local, organic and fresh; go vegan; eat in season; skip the elevator, take the stairs. ‘Green’ has come to mean shopping at Whole Foods and possessing a Prius. Meanwhile, leading corporate polluters like BP and ExxonMobil place commercials on CNN advertising their ‘green’ practices. It should come as no surprise, then, that ‘green’ lifestyles don’t resonate with low-income communities…
December 27th, 2013
thesmithian
People gravitate away from conflict which usually leaves the platform for the minority of bigots to dominate. We see that in our politics. We see that at our churches. We see that in our corporations. If more people got the courage to step up to the plate, not only on racial issues but socioeconomic issues, society would be much more tolerant, inclusive, and fair. Everyone must go out on a limb and step up to the plate.
December 24th, 2013
thesmithian

'While closer scrutiny of the NSA is necessary and needed, we must apply equal pressure to private corporations to ensure that seemingly harmless targeted mail campaigns and advertisements do not give way to insidious and dangerous violations of personal privacy.'

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December 14th, 2013
thesmithian

…the big corporations get to have different intellectual property rights than artists or people who use Instagram or something like that. Do we want a world like that?

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November 30th, 2013
thesmithian

Where does this corporations-are-people business start and stop?

Under the law, corporations and humans have long had different standards of responsibility. If corporations are treated as people, so that they are free to spend money in election campaigns and to invoke their religious beliefs to deny a kind of health coverage to their workers, are they to be treated as people in other regards? Corporations are legal entities whose owners are not personally liable for the company’s debts, whereas actual people are liable for their own. Both people and corporations can discharge their debts through bankruptcy, but there are several kinds of bankruptcy, and the conditions placed on people are generally far more onerous than those placed on corporations. If corporations are people, why aren’t they subject to the same bankruptcy laws that people are? Why aren’t the owners liable for corporate debts as people are for their own? If corporations are going to be given the freedoms that people enjoy, they should be subjected to people’s obligations and restrictions too.

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November 14th, 2013
thesmithian

Panda Express might be shorthand for mainstream-Americanized-Chinese-food-for-the-masses, and its signature orange chicken loved by many and mocked by a few, but the story of Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s empire has distinctly Southern Californian roots. With 1,600-plus outlets in the U.S. and a few locations abroad, the Rosemead-based Panda Restaurant Group ranks among the country’s most profitable fast casual restaurant corporations, and the Cherngs are comfortably ensconced on the Forbes 400 list.

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Panda Express might be shorthand for mainstream-Americanized-Chinese-food-for-the-masses, and its signature orange chicken loved by many and mocked by a few, but the story of Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s empire has distinctly Southern Californian roots. With 1,600-plus outlets in the U.S. and a few locations abroad, the Rosemead-based Panda Restaurant Group ranks among the country’s most profitable fast casual restaurant corporations, and the Cherngs are comfortably ensconced on the Forbes 400 list.

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November 13th, 2013
thesmithian

'…racial disparities need to be brought to the center of corporate awareness, and not swept under the rug. If advertisers hope to reach the new America, diversification is a must. It is time for marketers to be part of the solution, rather than complicit in the continued denial of race matters in America.'

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August 22nd, 2013
thesmithian

'makes me yearn for a time when female competence in one area is not undermined by enthusiasm for another, in which women in positions of power are so commonplace that we do not feel compelled to divine motive or find symbolism in every remark they make, corporate policy they enact or fashion spread they pose for.'

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August 8th, 2013
thesmithian

…incisive account of…corporate America’s hijacking of the election process…it’s troubling to read about dismantled restrictions against corporate dominance, beginning with Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell who, in 1978, laid the groundwork for the problematic 2011 Citizens United decision.

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