Why Inequality Turns Technology Toxic

Why Inequality Turns Technology Toxic

In The Bleeding Edge: Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World, European academic and activist Bob Hughes exposes how inequality significantly diminishes our technological options and turns successful inventions into their evil counterparts. Part historical...
What’s at Stake in Apple’s Privacy Fight

What’s at Stake in Apple’s Privacy Fight

Civil liberties fans in the United States recently got an unlikely champion: the CEO of Apple. In a high-profile spat with the White House, Tim Cook has emerged as a leading spokesperson against the Obama administration’s efforts to weaken Americans’ constitutional...
Will Congress Be Duped Again on Offshore Taxes?

Will Congress Be Duped Again on Offshore Taxes?

Like a savvy bargainer on a used car lot, big multinational corporations have mastered the art of feigning indifference and walking away. What they walk away with is their profits, stockpiling them abroad where they legally remain untaxed until returned to the United...
Burning Our Bridges

Burning Our Bridges

To generate funds to shore up our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the U.S. Congress is considering giving corporations large tax cuts on their offshore profits. Under current law, corporations can defer U.S. tax payments on overseas earnings until they bring the...
The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

In May, Americans watched as Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company’s tax avoidance strategies before a Senate investigative panel. Prior to the hearing, Senate investigators released a report documenting Apple’s use of accounting gimmicks to shift $74...
Consumer Choice: As American as Apple Pie

Consumer Choice: As American as Apple Pie

Meet the Arctic apple. In the field-trial stage since 2003, this fruit has had bacterial and viral DNA inserted into it — a genetic modification that prevents browning when bruised or sliced. One company, Okanagan Specialty Foods, has been testing these...
AT&T’s Upside-Down World

AT&T’s Upside-Down World

From electricity to earmuffs, once you buy a product or service from a company, it shouldn’t be any of its business how you choose to use it. Your power company doesn’t say you can’t use the energy-saving features on your new refrigerator unless you...
Who’s Really Winning the Smartphone Wars?

Who’s Really Winning the Smartphone Wars?

Why do CEOs make so much? Do they just have more smarts than the rest of us? About 43 percent of Americans apparently think so, pollsters at the Pew Research Center recently reported. They rate CEOs and other rich folks as more intelligent than the average person. An...
We’re All Subsidizing Free Lunches for America’s CEOs

We’re All Subsidizing Free Lunches for America’s CEOs

A generation ago, on National Secretary’s Day, America’s top corporate executives used to take their prized office assistants out to lunch. Times change, and National Secretary’s Day has become Administrative Professionals’ Day. But something...
Is High-Tech the Next Step for the New Economy Movement?

Is High-Tech the Next Step for the New Economy Movement?

When I tell people that I work for the New Economy, the response I often get is, “So is that, like, Google and stuff?” It takes a second for me to explain that the New Economy movement is about promoting the public ownership of wealth and that it involves...
Grassroots Victory

Grassroots Victory

A coalition of some of the world’s biggest and greediest corporations, which lobbied to shift their tax burden from themselves to America’s fast-disappearing middle class, is no more. The WIN America Campaign — led by Apple, Google, Cisco, and Pfizer...
True Lies About Apple and Foxconn

True Lies About Apple and Foxconn

Apple, the most profitable company in existence and one of the most popular brands ever created, has gotten used to being the glowing center of attention. The release of the next iPhone or the new iPad invariably stirs an orgy of conspicuous consumption. Recently,...
Apple’s iEconomy a Veritable Labor Dystopia

Apple’s iEconomy a Veritable Labor Dystopia

Do yourself a favor: listen to Mike Daisey’s amazing story from This American Life about visiting the factory in China that makes our iPhones, iPads, and a huge percentage of all the other electronic crap we use on a daily basis. It will change the way you look...
The Apple Connection

The Apple Connection

Ever since the beginning of the current global economic crisis, the focus of both critical analysis and public odium has been speculative capital. In the populist narrative, it was the breathtaking shenanigans of the banks in an atmosphere of deregulation that led to...