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Taylorism

BEZOS' COLD, MICROMANAGED, time-motion approach to the workplace is a direct descendant (and extreme extension) of a theory of "scientific management" developed in the 1880's by Frederick Winslow Taylor, an ind... Read more...
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The birth of Amazon

LEGEND HAS IT that Amazon is a classic story of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. In 1994, a bright, young fellow named Bezos heads off to the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, with nothing going for him bu... Read more...
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Brand name riggers of the justice system

Practically every national brand name you've ever heard of now slips predatory arbitration provisions into their customer terms-of-service agreements and/or employment agreements. Not only do these sneaky inser... Read more...
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A third way

You don't hear much about it, but there is another path to justice for some consumers who've been wronged by a corporation: Small claims courts. These are relatively simple, inexpensive, and quick do-it-your... Read more...
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The boss man gets bossier

CITIZENS UNITED not only unleashed the Big Dogs of corporate money in this election, but it also unleashed mad-dog corporate bosses to tell employees how to vote. Prior to that Court ruling, corporate funds cou... Read more...
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How we won the war

By Boeing, Northop Grumman, Raytheon and their happy shareholders A truck stop in Tulsa has a sign that proclaims: "Kids with gas eat free." Well, kids, Im getting gas from all the baloney we're ei... Read more...
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The new racketeers

Dressed up in their designer suits, they trade in human cargo Let's pull the curtain and look at a police line-up of some of the most thuggish members of organized crime in America today. They don'... Read more...