Koch Industries Big Corporations Leverage Analysis Questions


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you should see the PowerPoint to answer the following questions

1-What is Leonard's argument?

2-What are his evidence and examples?

3-How can big corporations undermine democracy? Use examples from the podcast

4-What do you think? Do you buy his argument?

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Corporatocracy; A Threat to Democracy? These slides are adjusted to our online class. You must watch and listen to everything that is included in the slides. Feel free to reach out to me for any questions. Mohammad 3/23/2020 • In 1994, United States Congressman Harry Waxman held a famous series of Congressional hearings. The presidents and CEOs of the seven largest American tobacco companies were subpoenaed to testify before Waxman's committee. On April 14, 1994, after more than six hours of sharp questioning by members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, the seven CEOs steadfastly refused to budge under stringent questioning that they knew cigarettes were addictive. Each stated under oath that they did not believe nicotine was addictive. Within months, a perjury investigation was initiated by the Department of Justice. Ultimately, the Department of Justice claimed it did not have enough evidence to prosecute for perjury because the CEOs testified under oath that they believed nicotine did not addict people. Because they had used the word "believe," they could not be prosecuted for perjury • Watch this: • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ZDQKq2F08 Are Corporations People? • https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=49&v=p7tfci_uR4g &feature=emb_logo • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjAsOP2AiwY Co-optation • We talked about corruption in authoritarian (illiberal or hybrid) regimes. For instance, we discussed co-optation and its various forms such as corporatism and clientelism. • Now, we are discussing possible corruption in democratic systems. • Your textbook does not elaborate on the equivalent of co-potation in democratic regimes and its threat to democracy. Pillars of Democracy • Participation • Competition • Liberty • Discussion: How the power of corporation and the domination of money can undermine democracy? Corruption • How about democratic systems? • What are some of the threats to democracies? • One of the threats might be corporatocracy. • What is corporatocracy? • Read this: • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatocracy Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations Jeffrey Clements • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27WtPmTbeFo • From beginning till minute 9:45 Megamedia : how giant corporations dominate mass media, distort competition, and endanger democracy Main argument of the book • Media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates and corporate conglomerates such as Time-Warner and Disney are increasingly dominating the world of media - from TV to radio, to newspapers and books, movies and even the Internet. This text suggests that because only a handful of organizations control the media, the population suffers both as media consumers and citizens. Censorship creeps in not from government, but from the protection of conglomerate interest. The text looks at the ominous impact of this control of the mass media, and suggests ways to hold big corporate media responsible for not only increasing diversity but also presenting society with fair and unbiased information. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 'Kochland': How The Koch Brothers Changed U.S. Corporate And Political Power • Now listen to this podcast: • https://www.npr.org/2019/08/13/750803289/kochland-how-thekoch-brothers-changed-u-s-corporate-and-political-power • I encourage you to take notes while you are listening to this as you need to do a BB assignment and you will have final exam questions from this podcast. Assignments: will open from Tuesday 3/24 at 10:35 am until Wednesday 3/25 at 11:59 pm 1. Blackboard under “assignments/corporatocracy” 2. Canvas under week 11. The code is 323 ...
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1. What is Leonard's argument?
Leonardo’s main argument follows that big co-operations gain their fortunes by
manipulating politics to work in their favor. Big corporations leverage on the power they
have in the economy of the country to champion for courses that benefit them and their
vision of the future.
2. Wha...

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