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The Complete Mercenary

Matthew Cole The Intercept
Eric Prince How Erik Prince used the rise of Trump to make an improbable comeback.

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Andrew Jacobs, Matt Richtel New York Times
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

Illinois Governor's Race On Pace To Be Most Expensive in U.S. History

Tim Jones Better Government Association
In what may seem a paradox, the worse off Illinois government gets the more the wealthy are willing to spend to gain control. It is part of a national trend that has seen ever escalating spending battles for even down the ballot offices. Down the ballot, a $1 million legislative race in Illinois used to be an oddity. Last year 23 topped $1 million, with five between $5 million and $6 million, according to Redfield’s analysis of state campaign finance records.

Liberation and Ethics - Is there a connection?

Raymond Suttner Creamer Media's website: polity.org.za (South Africa)
It is no exaggeration to suggest that the legitimacy not only of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC, but also the notion of the liberation struggle itself is in shreds. For some of us, it was unthinkable that such an alliance of forces could degenerate into a moneymaking, lawless and violent operation represented by people who were prepared to trample on the values that we understood the movement to embody. Certainly, this did not happen overnight.

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Court-Sanctioned Corruption and Plutocracy in America

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent, Issue #205
Successive High Court decisions have done more than enfranchise corporations at the expense of the rest of us. The same logic in the same cases now defines public corruption down: that a direct and palpable quid pro quo must be seen to operate. Absent that smoking gun, the financial elite has no limits on bankrolling campaigns whose candidates then vote their interests. To the nation's founders, that untrammeled influence was the essence of public corruption.

Political Corruption and Capitalism

Richard D Wolff, Truthout Op-Ed Truthout
Corruption is endemic to the capitalist system and has not been successfully regulated away. Perhaps a system change is warranted?
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