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The necessity and possibility of corporate reform: Part 2. Reform strategies

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Moving a mountain might be easier than moving government back to democracy and away from a corpocracy that has put government in the back seat and corporate America in the driver's seat. Corporate reform, with the exception of trying to reform the merchants of death (discussed at the end of this article), in contrast to government reform, may just be an easier way to slow America's sliding into a state of ruiNation. The introductory article ended by suggesting steps watchdog groups could take in searching for the "scoundrels and saints" among corporate America and its many allies.


Watchdogs that only watch are nothing more than lapdogs. We Americans ought to have had enough of an over fed lazy fed lapdog that lets corporate America exploit and harm us.   Just as obviously, no more effective than lapdogs are proposals that stay stuck to paper. This final article I hope is on "Teflon."  


Are there any instigators of corporate reform?


A few basically isolated and relatively impotent NGOs. At the considerable risk of some omissions and commissions I poured through my list of 100 some NGOs and found a few that were actually confronting corporations and industries in various ways such as sending petitions to corporations to cease particular kinds of wrongdoing; holding protests at corporations' headquarters (some ending in arrests); warning consumers of instances of corporate fraud; lock downs at banks; blockades of shipments; organizing actions to stop corporations' selling of unhealthy products; and exposing the most harmful corporations to a "Hall of Shame."


Activist Bankster USA ; Beyond Talk ; Center for Corporate Policy www. corporatepolicy . org ; Center for Economic Justice ;   The Center for Justice & Democracy ; Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund ; Corporate Accountability International ; Corporate Ethics International ; The Democracy Center ; Greenpeace USA ; Mobilization for Climate Justice ; National People's Action ;     The Peace Alliance ; Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy. ; Rising Tide North America ; United Students Against Sweatshops .


A few NGOs in supporting roles. As I was going through my bigger list I spotted some NGOs that are carrying out supporting roles like public education, activist skill training, helping to build grassroots movements, helping to organize oppositions to corporations, and helping to expand small and local business alternatives. Here are some of these groups:


Action for a Progressive Future ; American Independent Business Alliance; ; Brave New Foundation ; Business Alliance for Local Living Economics; ; Center for Community Change ; Center for American Progress ; Citizen Works ; Corporate Campaign, Inc. ; Grassroots Leadership ; Liberty Tree Foundation ; Polaris Institute ; Progressive Strategies, LLC ; Reclaim Democracy ; Rootstrikers ; Ruckus Society ; smartMeme ; Sprawl-Busters ; The US Chamber of Commerce Doesn't Speak for Me .


A few scattered, disconnected and impotent movements. There are so many grassroots movements in America that a person cataloguing them once pleaded for help in recording the new ones sprouting. They usually start out and stay small-scale, limited to specific "back yard" issues that concern local communities or regions. The movement getting the most publicity today seems to be OWS and its offshoots that I lump together into Occupy America. As far as I can tell it's still an inward, process-oriented movement (for a cogent critique of it, see the article in the March 21, 2012 issue of by Danny Schechter author of the new book "Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street" with hands-on experience in civil rights and community organizing.


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Author of "911!", The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lur ch; America's Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying; and Corporate Reckoning Ahead.

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