Quotes About Corporate Greed

Quotes tagged as "corporate-greed" (showing 1-30 of 39)
Eric Schlosser
“The history of the twentieth century was dominated by the struggle against totalitarian systems of state power. The twenty-first will no doubt be marked by a struggle to curtail excessive corporate power.”
Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Andrew Vachss
“In my world, people are always plotting. You
have no idea of all the crimes people in business commit every
day. Like it was nothing. Or there’s a set of special rules for them.
Remember when Bush made that whole speech about ‘corporate
ethics’ last year? What a fraud. You think stuff like Enron or
WorldCom is an aberration? It’s only the tip. Business is a religion.
Probably the only one practiced all over the world.”
Andrew Vachss, Down Here

Barbara Ehrenreich
“Then, in the 1980's, came the paroxysm of downsizing, and the very nature of the corporation was thrown into doubt. In what began almost as a fad and quickly matured into an unshakable habit, companies were 'restructuring,' 'reengineering,' and generally cutting as many jobs as possible, white collar as well as blue . . . The New York Times captured the new corporate order succintly in 1987, reporting that it 'eschews loyalty to workers, products, corporate structures, businesses, factories, communities, even the nation. All such allegiances are viewed as expendable under the new rules. With survival at stake, only market leadership, strong profits and a high stock price can be allowed to matter'.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Jess C. Scott
“He knows how to market himself well. Nowadays, that's all that seems to count. He's rebellious in a way that appeals to people with vain, shallow taste. So of course he manipulates his audiences with the blessing of his recording company and the financial investors behind his brand.”
Jess C. Scott, SVEN, Incubus Story.02

Clifford D. Simak
“You still could go to some industry or some university or the government and if you could persuade them you had something on the ball—why, then, they might put up the cash after cutting themselves in on just about all of the profits. And, naturally, they'd run the show because it was their money and all you had done was the sweating and the bleeding.”
Clifford D. Simak, All the Traps of Earth

“THE GHOST OF A VILLAGE


She wanted to know why he destroyed their land,
The village's only well,
The mines,
The rivers,
The forest,
Then the animals.

She wanted to know why he denied the villagers
A decent school,
A hospital,
Medicine,
And put up walls --
After taking down all their bridges.

She wanted to stare him deep in the eyes
And ask him why he had let so many villagers die.

So she stood at the gates of his golden palace
With her fingers curled into its iron bars,
And waited for him to come out.
And after hours turned into days,
And days turned into weeks,
She finally saw his crippled body being
Guided into a long black vehicle.

"WHY?" she shouted at him from a distance.
"WHY did you do all this?"

The white-haired man rolled down his window and
In a distasteful voice, replied back to her:

"You pitiful fool,
Do you think the world cared about me all these years?
I used to push a cart and sharpen knives,
And some days I would be forced to sleep hungry.
So as the years turned, and I became bitter and starved in more ways than one,
I decided to cut down trees,
And with the wood I built homes.
And after I sold those homes,
I bought land,
And then I built more homes and put them on the land.
Then I created a village and people came to live in it,
So I taxed everyone because the land was mine.
And because everyone lived under my security and authority,
Everyone had to pay for protection.
And with those taxes, I bought up all the surrounding land for cheap,
Because as my wealth grew, so did my power.
Then I sold everything and anything I could to the highest bidders.
And in the final days of my existence,
How dare you ask me: Why?
WHY NOT?
Do you not see the white hairs on my head
And the wrinkles on my neck?
Do you really think I care what happens to the world
After I die?"

"But those trees you cut weren't yours!
And the rivers and streams you sold weren't yours!
What made you think you could steal and sell what belongs to all the children of the earth?"

The old man snorted then replied:
"Nobody said anything, so I kept taking.
And the more I took and nobody said anything,
The larger things I'd take!
How silly of you to come crying
Only after everything is gone?
I couldn't allow your people to be intelligent, united and strong,
For they would have thrown me into the well had they discovered I was
The big bad wolf!
So I had to keep them ignorant, divided and filled with fear --
Of everything beyond the village walls."

"But do you not fear God?" the young woman cried out.

The white-haired man now answered flatly:
"God should fear me.
I've robbed and raped his people and lands,
And his followers are weak.”

And with that, he motioned for his driver to pull away.

The woman ran after the car and tried to scream,
But as soon as she opened her mouth,
Her voice turned into a howling wind.
It wailed, thrashed and moaned over the abandoned village,
Then disappeared into the hollow forest.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Blaming people for your mistakes is a faster route to
the dungeon of uncreativity”
Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel, Psychology of Friendship for Leadership

Steven Magee
“We live in truly unbelievable times. Autism is an epidemic in most western
countries, western governments are nothing more than corrupt corporations, and corporations are
routinely suppressing information regarding the toxicity of many common household items. The result
is that many people are unnecessarily suffering from easily preventable developmental problems,
sickness and cancer.”
Steven Magee

Shannon L. Alder
“When the greedy executives of rich religions go before Him, they will say, "Remember me for who I was." And God will answer, "I do remember but you have forgotten who you use to be.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Koch's youthful idealism about libertarianism had largely devolved into a rationale for corporate self-interest.”
John Charles Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Religious truth, government truth and corporate truth are names for more sinister things”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Adriano Bulla
“Whoever coined the phrase '"I can work well under pressure" should be put on trial for crimes against Humanity.”
Adriano Bulla, The Road to London

“A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people, but those of multinational corporations.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed. Simply put, it lacks values, and such a system will eventually collapse once its true light is discovered by the masses. Though some say that capitalism is a modern system, corruption has been the source for the demise of every great civilization.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Capitalism is a social system owned by the capitalistic class, a small network of very wealthy and powerful businessmen, who compromise the health and security of the general population for corporate gain.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“This is where people misunderstand war. When you attack another country for its resources, you are the pirate. But when you protect your country from the pirates, you are the hero.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“After Jacob had worked for Laban for seven years, do you know what happened? Laban fooled him and gave him his ugly daughter Leah. So to marry Rachel, Jacob was forced to work another seven years.

So, you see, children, the Bible clearly teaches us you can never trust an employer.”
Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof

David Smail
“The social havoc wreaked by unfettered economic greed comes to be interiorised as the personal weakness and irresponsibility of those principally affected.”
David Smail, Power, Interest and Psychology: Elements of a Social Materialist Understanding of Distress

Steven Magee
“Like many people who became sick, I found that researching man-made radiation immersed me into a corporate world of lie, confuse and deny.”
Steven Magee, Curing Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Barry López
“Lying there, I thought of my own culture, of the assembly of books in the library at Alexandria; of the deliberations of Darwin and Mendel in their respective gardens; of the architectural conception of the cathedral at Chartres; of Bach's cello suites, the philosophy of Schweitzer, the insights of Planck and Dirac. Have we come all this way, I wondered, only to be dismantled by our own technologies, to be betrayed by political connivance or the impersonal avarice of a corporation?”
Barry López, Arctic Dreams

Owen   Jones
“The Establishment is amassing wealth and aggressively annexing power in a way that has no precedent in modern times. After all, there is nothing to stop it.”
Owen Jones, The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It

Elizabeth Warren
“Enforcement isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about whether government works and who it works for.”
Elizabeth Warren

Steven Magee
“Very few of the common people realize that the political and legal systems have been corrupted by decades of corporate lobbying.”
Steven Magee

Annie Proulx
“The thing American people fear about corporations is that they might achieve too much power. We have an antipathy to power even as we admire it.”
Annie Proulx, Barkskins

“Public education is not broken. It is not failing or declining. The diagnosis is wrong, and the solutions of the corporate reformers are wrong. Our urban schools are in trouble because of concentrated poverty and racial segregation. But public education is not ‘broken.’ Public education is in a crisis only so far as society is and only so far as this new narrative of crisis has destabilized it.”
Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

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