The ‘democracy problem’ links

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NB: we don’t necessarily agree with all the views espoused on all the websites below. The issues are complex, but the uniting factor is an understanding that we don’t have democracy in the West because ultimate power is corporate and financial.

Democracy & corporations general

Campaigners’ Guide to Financial Markets lots of useful advice about obtaining information about corporations and financial institutions
Corporate Agribusiness Research Project monitoring corporate agribusiness and promoting democratically-controlled food systems
Corporate Information financial details of thousands of publicly-traded corporations
Corporate Watch DIY Guide how to research companies
MorningStar not the communist newspaper – it’s another good site for information on corporations
Multinational Monitor as the name suggests, they monitor multinationals to see what they get up to
Organic Consumers’ Association corporate agribusiness: America’s merchants of greed
PLOSone mathematical model that shows how the global economy is controlled by a tiny group of enormous financial institutions
Political Compass find out if you are left-wing, right-wing, authoritarian or libertarian – also find out which people and political parties are closest to you
Reclaim Democracy US group offering information and training in citizen participation in real democracy
TED James Glattfelder on who controls the world
Transnationale huge database of multinational corporations, who owns them and what brands they own
Yahoo Finance company information, including institutional and mutual fund shareholders
…and below are sites that highlight & fight against ways the corporate system destroys democracy in the following areas:

Political involvement, donations & lobbying

ALEC Exposed how corporate lobbyists produce ‘model bills’ for US politicians to introduce as their own – in secret, and funded by taxpayers
Center for Corporate Policy US group ‘working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly  accountable’
Corporate Europe Observatory exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU
Corporate Watch UK not-for-profit researching the social and environmental effects of corporate power
Corporate Watch US ditto in the US
The Guardian article on how billionaires prevent democracy in the US via ‘superPAC’ funding
The Guardian article on how McDonald’s and Pepsico help write UK health policy
Lobby Watch monitoring corporate influence on democracy
Open Secrets US site exposing money’s influence on US elections and public policy
Source Watch information about the unelected individuals and groups who shape the public agenda

Media, advertising & PR

Adbusters global network changing the way information flows, and producing spoof ads
GM Watch exposing deceptive PR campaigns to promote GM food
Media Lens monitoring the objectivity of the mainstream media
Project Censored project based at a US university, to highlight news stories that are under-reported or censored in the mainstream media

Banking & finance

Alliance for Democracy articles about public banking
American Monetary Institute independent study of monetary theory, history and reform
Bank of England (Creation of Currency) Bill draft bill for money reform in the UK
FractionalReserves.com fractional reserve banking and why it’s a disaster
Full Reserve Banking starting point for anyone wanting to research alternatives to the fractional reserve banking system
Global Research who owns the Federal Reserve?
Money as Debt 47-minute video about the unaccountability of global banking
the Money Masters how banks create 90% of the world’s money
Positive Money movement to democratise money and banking so that it works for society
Prosperity group campaigning to remove the virtual monopoly of money creation from the corporate banking system
Rolling Stone Famous Matt Taibbi ‘giant vampire squid’ article about Goldman Sachs’ political influences

International institutions

Bildeberg Group annual, secret meeting of around 130 of the world’s top industrialists, financiers, politicians and opinion-formers; we can’t say what the meeting is for exactly, as they won’t tell us, but if anyone believes that policies aren’t decided at this and other meetings like it, we think they’re very naive
Committee for a Democratic UN international campaign to make the UN democratic
Council on Foreign Relations corporate group with a mission to remove democratic control over corporations
Expose the TPP group set up to expose the TPP
Stop the Secrecy campaign to stop the secret negotiations of TPP
Stop TTIP grassroots campaign to oppose the TTIP
Trilateral Commission corporate group founded by David Rockerfeller to, well, to undermine democracy, it seems
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) proposed trade partnership between the US and Asian countries. Secret negotiations to hand more power to corporations and remove democratic rights, drawing protests around the world.
Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposed agreement between the US and the EU which, amongst other things, would allow corporations to sue elected governments that introduce legislation that restricts their profits

Tax avoidance, monopoly & unfair competition

ATTAC international organisation campaigning to tax speculators properly, end tax havens
and end poor countries’ debt
Tax Research UK how to beat corporate tax avoidance and hold global capital to account
Tescopoly alliance of organisations fighting the growing power of supermarkets

Science, education & think tanks

Guardian the corporate take-over of American schools
Integrity in Science monitoring corporate influence in science
Monbiot.com information about think tanks that exist to increase corporate power
Reclaim Democracy branded: corporations in our schools
Think Tank Watch listing of corporate think tanks working to extend and strengthen corporate influence
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