A US Supreme Court ruling has abolished long-standing
limits on corporate contributions to political campaigns. Does this edict uphold
the right to freedom of speech, or does it corrupt democracy by further entrenching the
electoral power of business interests?
It has become fashionable to laud corporate social responsibility as a win-win practice for
business and society. Yet CSR
is a misleading and distracting doctrine that blinds us to the political realities of corporate economic
globalization, writes Jessica Ludescher.
current financial crisis offers an opportunity to question the corruption of children's
culture by rampant commercialisation, commodification and consumption. A
road to recovery cannot be simply about returning to a re-established, bankrupt consumer society, argues Henry A. Giroux.
Contemporary marketing tactics have all but
obliterated the boundaries between advertising and editorial content, and raise the twin specters of manipulation
and invasion of privacy, argue Jeff Chester and Kathryn Montgomery.
Huge areas of the Amazon rainforest are being cut down to satisfy
global demand for soya. But how did this crop and a handful of others
come to dominate our diet so completely? In an extract from her new
book, Felicity Lawrence investigates the faceless trading giants who
really decide what goes on our plates, writes Felicity Lawrence.