'We must find new lands from which we can easily
obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave
labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The
colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods
produced in our factories."
Cecil Rhodes, "founder" of Rhodesia
" The recent quantum leap in the ability
of transnational corporations to relocate their facilities around
the world in effect makes all workers, communities and countries
competitors for these corporations' favor. The consequence is
a "race to the bottom" in which wages and social conditions
tend to fall to the level of the most desperate."
"To attract companies like yours ... we
have felled mountains, razed jungles, filled swamps, moved rivers,
relocated towns ... all to make it easier for you and your business
to do business here."
Philippine government ad in Fortune magazine
"Today's business corporation is an artificial
creation, shielding owners and managers while preserving corporate
privilege and existence. Artificial or not, corporations have
won more rights under the law than people have -- rights which
government has protected with armed force."
Richard Grossman and Frank Adams
"The corporation has evolved to serve the
interests of whoever controls it, at the expense of whoever does
"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts
who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation."
'We can have democracy in this country, or we
can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but
we can't have both."
"There is no reason to accept the doctrines
crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we
are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are
simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to
human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they
do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions
that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the
"An economic system can remain viable only
so long as society has mechanisms to counter abuses of either
state or market power and the erosion of the natural, social,
and moral capital that such abuses commonly exacerbate."
"Corporations have been enthroned .... An
era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power
will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices
of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ...
and the Republic is destroyed."
"The national interest is not to protect individual American
firms but to preserve a system of business ... The American empire
expresses its presence and exercises its influence through the
capitalist mode of operation for which it keeps as much of the
world "open" a possible."
"It is impossible for the world economy
to grow its way out of poverty and environmental degradation....
As the economic subsystem grows it incorporates an even greater
proportion of the total ecosystem into itself and must reach a
limit at 100 percent, if not before."
'What an astounding thing to watch a civilization
destroy itself because it is unable to re-examine the validity
under totally new circumstances of an economic ideology."
Sir James Goldsmith
" Before NAFTA we thought corporations could
only buy Southern governments. Now we see they also buy Northern
Ignacio Peon Escalante, Mexican Action Network
on Free Trade
" Corporate executives dream of a global
market made up of people with homogenized tastes and needs....
Logos on bottles, boxes, and labels are global banners, instantly
recognizable by millions who could not tell you the color of the
Richard Barnet and John Cavanagh
" They no longer use bullets and ropes.
They use the World Bank and the IMF."
"In this new world market ... billions can
flow in or out of an economy in seconds. So powerful has this
force of money become that some observers now see the hot-money
set becoming a sort of shadow world government -- one that is
irretrievably eroding the concept of the sovereign powers of a
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