On paper, America’s corporate tax rate is the highest in the world. But the reality is far different, with American corporations paying the lowest taxes of all industrial countries. This article evaluates the arguments, and provides persuasive evidence for the conclusions it reaches.
Corporations represent the most powerful instrument of progress ever invented by man. But a chainsaw is powerful, too. The problem is, if you don’t have control of that chainsaw, it will just as easily rip off your leg as do useful work. There is no question that corporations need to thrive. But people need to thrive, as well. So clearly, corporate profits need to be balanced against public need.
American corporations are not regulated by the market, by the government, or by themselves. They are so far out of control, in fact, that they have a bigger impact on government than government has on them. There is no chance whatever to create a healthy population or a healthy society until they are reined in.
If you’re an American, you’re probably fat. And if you’re an American child, odds are overwhelming that your life will be cut short by complications rising from obesity and other complications. Despite what you may have heard, it is not your fault. It is not a matter of “personal responsibility”. There are ingredients in the American food supply that are making you fat. Those ingredients made their debut in the 1970’s. They are a matter of corporate responsibility — and culpability. To protect yourself, there’s a lot you need to know. (Original image courtesy of
If there is only one thing you do for your health — and your weight — it should be this: Give up partially hydrogenated oils, and boycott any products that contain them — not only for yourself, but for the positive impact it will have on everyone’s health and weight problems.
The FDA does a terrific job, within the scope that their charter allows. The problem is, they’re not allowed to do the things that really need to be done to preserve your health.
It’s one thing not to buy a product. That’s good for you. It’s even better to boycott the product in a way that it makes it less likely that others will buy it.
The current law is better than nothing — but the problem is that products that contain partially hydrogenated oils can claim zero percent (0 %) trans fats, while at the same time have as much as 2.2 grams of trans fat per “standard serving”. The labeling system is just too weak to keep partially hydrogenated oils (and the trans fats they contain) out of the American diet.
Sharing an article with others is huge. It’s how information becomes rapidly transmitted. One way to do that is with the “social sharing” links that accompany each article (Twitter or Facebook, for example.) Another way is to publish something to your own website. If you do, it’s very important to summarize the main points of the article and post a link to it, rather than copying an article in its entirety. This story explains why.
Tobacco is credited with causing cancer, but a deeper cause for lung cancer and many other diseases of industrial civilization may lie in modern commercial processing and refining of foods. Tobacco lawsuits have established the principle that those who profit from harmful products are responsible for the damage they cause. This article explores the possibility of performing “social judo”, by getting the tobacco industry to spearhead a revolution in the food processing industry.